This week, check out another great real-time visualization of the news agenda, called Newsmap, http://newsmap.jp/. Created by Marcos Weskamp (who now works at FlipBoard), Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the ever-changing landscape of the Google News aggregator. As Newsmap says, it is a “tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.”
Have you checked out Media Cloud? This Cool Tool is a great website to see the news agenda in aggregate. It uses “heat maps” and word clouds to give you a sense of the news both in terms of geography and by topic. You can also search and compare sources to each other. Really great stuff from Ethan Zuckerman (now the new head of the Center for Civic Media at MIT), and the Berkman Center at Harvard.
And the Tip of the Week. Inevitably, the mainstream press will become obsessed with some topic that does not deserve the amount of coverage it is getting. Casey Anthony is a good example. It makes you wonder what you are missing right? At times like these, check out international news sources to hear about DOMESTIC US news. Try it!
This week, we are giving the tips a little early in celebration of the holiday weekend! This week’s cool new tool to check out is Newstrust.net. This is a great site to see the news, from diverse sources, that have been vetted by journalists and trusted raters for quality. I like the fact that the sources come from mainstream press, but also more specialized sources that are covering some of the more intensive beat/topical areas like science, investigative journalism, public media sources, etc.
The tip of the week, this week, is to seek out a source that differs from your political opinion. If you are conservative, for example, and are not a regular reader of The New York Times, check it out. Not for the opinion section (although that might be interesting to check, out, but i would suggest doing that last) but take a look at the reporting, the stories and who the sources are. And if you consider yourself liberal, and you are not a regular reader of the Wall Street Journal, do the same. Also, if you are a regular user of twitter, do you have multiple political persuasions coming into your feed? On the conservative side, I like to read Tucker Carlson @tuckercarlson.