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Analyzing Newspaper Front Pages
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                                          Pablo Rey Mazón
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Oct. 16 2012                              prey@mit.edu
Movement/Media Research and               numeroteca.org
Action Project’s (MRAP). Boston College   @numeroteca
How I started coding front pages?
How I started coding front pages?
May 15th, 2011   Madrid
May 16th, 2011
May 16th, 2011
May 17th, 2011
May 17th, 2011
May 18th, 2011
May 18th, 2011
May 19th, 2011
May 19th, 2011
May 23th, 2011
Analyzing front pages is a Shortcut
Newspapers + Twitter
Visual approach to quantitative analysis




                   vs



       Visual Quantitative analysis
Newspapers + Twitter + % percentage of surface
Adding cualitative analysis
Information flows rapidly back and forth
between SNS and mass media.
Occupy movement
Newspapers coverage
Twitter
Show me the raw data!
News evolution in time




Haiti earthquake. January, 2010
Japanese Tsunami. January, 2010
%         125cm²
Using percentage to compare
Number of articles in the front page of main Spanish and
US newspapers

Spain
El País                           7.5
El Mundo                          7.5
ABC                               4.5
La Vanguardia                     5.1
La Razón                          4.9
Público                           4.6
Average                           5.7

USA
WSJ                               34.8 (28.0 short-small headlines)
The Washington post               13.1
The New York times                15.5
The Boston Globe                  17.7 (9.2 short-small headlines)
USA Today                         13.0
Los Ángeles Times                 9.7
Average                           17.3 (11.1)

Period of 21 days, May 15th - June 4th 2011.
Two countries
Coverage
comparison




                halfway there…




 Spanish   US Newspapers. Japanese Tsunami 2011
Two countries
Coverage
comparison




                halfway there…




 Spanish   US Newspapers. Japanese Tsunami 2011
News collision
War in Lybia vs Tsunami


         11
1
      1
One at a time
Arab Spring Coverage
  Egypt   Lybia




Compare simultaneous news evolution in time
15M Movement– Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrest.
Spanish newspapers. May, 2011
Compare asynchronous news evolution in time




          2 week rule?


   Haiti Earthquake –    Japanese Tsunami.
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Online / Open Source / Distributed analysis

Scraping
Coding
Displaying

Code available at
http://github.com/numeroteca/PageOneX-ruby

Test alpha version and more info
http://pageonex.com
Scraping
Coding
Display
Number of related news / day
Trayvon Martin case.
Tweets + Front pages + Signatures change.org
Add other media pieces


            Transcripts


            Online
            Newspapers

            Tweets
http://bit.ly/analyzemediatools
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Pablo Rey Mazón
prey@mit.edu

See examples at
http://numeroteca.org/cat/frontpage-newspaper/

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