Emerging metrics let news outlets analyze their choice of stories, sources, and language. Can this aid audience trust? This is an excerpt from a piece that ran in the Columbia Journalism Review. Click here for the original. Twitter is excellent at capturing a moment in time — and that’s part of its problem.
Twitter is excellent at capturing a moment in time—and that’s part of its problem. On the day Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced charges against Paul Manafort in the Trump-Russia investigation, some people on Twitter took perverse glee in sharing the story Fox & Friends previewed at 8:13am Eastern: cheeseburger emojis.
Forbes columnist Steven Salzberg and author-investigator Joe Nickell will each be awarded the 2012 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, to be presented by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry at the CFI Summit in October. Public discussion of scientific topics such as global warming is confused by misuse of the term “skeptic.”At a conference this past weekend, I met a PhD student with whom I share some academic interests. His work seemed worthwhile, but one thing he said struck a nerve.
@BrendanNyhan Yes, if/when we do that we'll likely find that most of these snapshots are indicative of a larger truth, but can't know until we do the crunching. In the meantime hurts credibility of media analysts - looks like we've decided Fox News is terrible and are just fishing for proof.
@BrendanNyhan Not sure I understand what you're saying. We do have the data on an ongoing basis (eg from TV News Archive) if we're willing to spend a couple hours crunching and designing charts instead of just snapping and RTing whatever is on TV when we happen to be watching. 1/n
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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