Media in the Cloud

Patricia Cohen, Hot Story to Has-Been: Tracking News via Cyberspace , N.Y. Times, Aug. 5, 2009, at page C1.

Ethan Zuckerman and colleagues at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School found themselves in endless disputes about the mainstream media and newer digital variations.  A comprehensive and reliable database that could track the daily rhythm of the news cycle over time and was available for public use didn’t exist. The result is Media Cloud, a system that tracks hundreds of newspapers and thousands of Web sites and blogs, and archives the information in a searchable form. The database, at mediacloud.org, will eventually enable researchers to search for key people, places and events and find out precisely when, where and how frequently they are covered.   At the moment only a small sample of Media Cloud’s tools are on the public Web site.

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