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A news article is an article that discusses current or recent news that has been published in a newspaper, magazine or other media. It can be about general interest or about a specific topic (e.g., politics or trade).
An article can be about an event that took place in the past or the present, or it can discuss a future event. Usually it is a short piece of text that includes a headline and description, with additional information provided at the end.
The News Coverage Index measures the overall coverage of stories in a broad swath of the news media, such as network TV or newspapers. It does not, however, analyze a story’s sourcing or tone. The primary goal is to identify what the media is covering, and what they are not.
This is accomplished by counting the number of stories analyzed in each media sector and calculating their percentage of total news coverage. Then, we determine the total percentage of stories in a media sector that are about a particular topic, such as immigration or the economy.
In addition, we calculate the amount of time that is spent reading the story, either in seconds or words. This calculation takes into account the length of stories in multiple formats, including radio and video, as well as the amount of space available for the story to be displayed on a screen.
We then compare this data with our previous research on the same topic to see how the media’s coverage of that same issue has changed over time. We also compare how the media’s coverage of that same topic has changed between different sectors of the media-for example, cable television and newspapers, or radio and TV.
The News Coverage Index also breaks down the coverage of news by examining the different daytime periods, such as early morning and evening. This is because some programming focuses on on-going or live events and may not air during prime time, while other programming consists of shorter programs that are more likely to be about general news stories.
Rather than coding all of the stories from all the different daytime shows, we selected programs that are the most similar to one another-the ones that tend to attract similar audiences. This approach enables us to capture a wide range of news events that may not be covered in other ways.
Our initial methodology involved analyzing the daytime schedules for several cable networks, separating the talk show and news programs into two separate categories. This allowed us to isolate the more specialized programs that are more likely to be focused on crime, for instance, or the ones that tend to focus on entertainment or personal stories.