Comparing events coverage in online news and social media

The case of climate change

Alexandra Olteanu, Carlos Castillo, Nicholas Diakopoulos, Karl Aberer

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Abstract

Social media is becoming more and more integrated in the distribution and consumption of news. How is news in social media different from mainstream news? This paper presents a comparative analysis covering a span of 17 months and hundreds of news events, using a method that combines automatic and manual annotations. We focus on climate change, a topic that is frequently present in the news through a number of arguments, from current practices and causes (e.g. fracking, CO2 emissions) to consequences and solutions (e.g. extreme weather, electric cars). The coverage that these different aspects receive is often dependent on how they are framed-typically by mainstream media. Yet, evidence suggests an existing gap between what the news media publishes online and what the general public shares in social media. Through the analysis of a series of events, including awareness campaigns, natural disasters, governmental meetings and publications, among others, we uncover differences in terms of the triggers, actions, and news values that are prevalent in both types of media. This methodology can be extended to other important topics present in the news.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2015
PublisherAAAI Press
Pages288-297
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781577357339
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event9th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2015 - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 May 201529 May 2015

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Other9th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period26/5/1529/5/15

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Olteanu, A., Castillo, C., Diakopoulos, N., & Aberer, K. (2015). Comparing events coverage in online news and social media: The case of climate change. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2015 (pp. 288-297). AAAI Press.

Comparing events coverage in online news and social media : The case of climate change. / Olteanu, Alexandra; Castillo, Carlos; Diakopoulos, Nicholas; Aberer, Karl.

Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2015. AAAI Press, 2015. p. 288-297.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Olteanu, A, Castillo, C, Diakopoulos, N & Aberer, K 2015, Comparing events coverage in online news and social media: The case of climate change. in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2015. AAAI Press, pp. 288-297, 9th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2015, Oxford, United Kingdom, 26/5/15.
Olteanu A, Castillo C, Diakopoulos N, Aberer K. Comparing events coverage in online news and social media: The case of climate change. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2015. AAAI Press. 2015. p. 288-297
Olteanu, Alexandra ; Castillo, Carlos ; Diakopoulos, Nicholas ; Aberer, Karl. / Comparing events coverage in online news and social media : The case of climate change. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2015. AAAI Press, 2015. pp. 288-297
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