Independent Outlets Have Outsized Impact

Submitted by JoEllen on Thu, 2017-11-09 11:26
Google, Facebook and Twitter were hauled in front of Congress last week to explain how Russian bots were able to spread fake news on their platforms. The concern—and a very real one--is that these bots and fake news sites had a significant impact on the 2016 election. Fighting fake news, however, is not the only or best way to ensure that our content ecosystem prioritizes real news. This week, a groundbreaking article in Science proves that a better way to secure a media system that works for democracy is to strengthen independent news outlets. Supported by a generous grant from Voqal, this...

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What is the Media Consortium's Impact Project?

Submitted by JoEllen on Wed, 2015-08-26 07:11
The Media Consortium launched our Metrics Impact Project in 2012 with generous support from the Voqal Fund. The goal of the project is to learn if we can quantify the impact that progressive news stories have on audiences by measuring changes in sentiment. In the metrics world, “sentiment” means “how someone thinks about a topic.” In short, if you publish a story about charter schools, does that change how the public thinks about charter schools? The research is being carried out by Gary King, the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and Director of the Institute for Quantitative...

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