Through our “recipe” of participatory knowledge — People, Data, Methods and Tools — NewsFrames software creates a space for our community to analyze media coverage and frames in collaborative ways.
Here are a few areas of investigation, which often overlap, that are currently underway:
Representation in the Media
The Rising Frames area of investigation tries to apply the tools and skills of data analysis to the problem of media framing related to marginalized groups such as indigenous communities. You can find examples of these efforts in our Reframed Stories series.
Some of our deeper dives explore specific words and their relationships to media representation of communities or cultures.
- On the use of “protectors” versus “protesters” in this Dakota Access Pipeline story.
- On the use of “lone wolf” and “terrorist” in connection with Muslims and Islam.
- Or How Sex Is Framed When Reporting on Japan
Credibility is a critical part of what stories with data should ideally offer. Yet in current media environments, it can be hard to discern what news is true — whether or not data is involved. Our stories in this area center on journalistic reflection and trust. This area also analyzes framing issues that involve misinformation, disinformation, and ‘fake news’.
Reflection and Trust
- What Does the Media Say Is Happening In Venezuela?
- What We Are Saying Differently In Our Coverage of Pakistan
False and Fabricated News: International Dimensions
- False and Fabricated News: International Dimensions
- Our Fabricated News Experiment
- False and Fabricated News: Resources
When you read the news with a background of different language or country expertise, it can be easier to see the frames related to the discussion of cultural values. Mix in a community of this expertise with data on language, and the picture can become even clearer.
Read examples of this kind of exploration in our Culture Shots series.