This analysis of Twitter sentiment in the wake of news reports that President Donald J. Trump had characterized some African nations as “shithole countries” reveals a substantial 66% increase in negative tweets about Trump, and a dramatic increase of over 3,000% in the volume of mentions of Africa. However, there is no indication of a shift in American sentiment toward Africa or Africans. Rather, the tweets focused predominantly on using the episode as a prop for partisan sniping, while any substantive discussion about Africa was largely absent. This suggests a largely missed opportunity by Americans to counter the disparaging remark with information spotlighting the success, diversity and opportunities within Africa. READ THE FULL REPORT.
Read this preliminary work from Kathleen Hall Jamieson, delivered in March 2018 for her Ev Rogers Award Colloquium, which evolved into her incendiary new book, “Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know.”
This report presents a media content analysis conducted by the Lear Center’s Media Impact Project in collaboration with Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization, to investigate two research questions:
1. How are immigrants and immigration issues depicted on entertainment television?
2. How do these depictions compare with the reality of the immigrant experience?
The analysis examines the demographic, socio-economic, and social representations of immigrant characters depicted, as well as the context and use of any culturally- or politically-charged terms relating to immigration in 143 episodes of 47 television shows that aired in 2017 and 2018.
For the last three years, journalists, producers, designers and engineers from FRONTLINE and Emblematic Group have worked together to produce two VR experiences that each deploy the power of fully immersive, room-scale VR in the service of deeply reported narrative journalism. As part of the initiative, the Lear Center’s Media Impact Project conducted testing exploring how the new technology being used by FRONTLINE and Emblematic engages and informs audiences.
This report covers the lessons gleaned throughout this collaborative effort, shared to foster future opportunities for meaningful immersive journalism, and to help establish standards to guide other journalists and media organizations participating in this developing field. View the report online here.
INVESTIGATING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN WOMEN’S NEWS PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION
Women are underrepresented in newsrooms and are less likely to read political and international news, but when a newsroom closes the gender gap, does it result in a higher share of women in their audience? Newspaper Engagement Strategist Alyssa Zeisler investigates the relationship between women in news production and their consumption in this case study.
Ready to Share, the Lear Center’s landmark event on fashion and the ownership of creativity, explored the fashion industry’s enthusiastic embrace of sampling, appropriation and borrowed inspiration, core components of every creative process. Discussion sessions covered fashion and creativity; intellectual property law; fashion and entertainment; and the future of sharing. Ready to Share produced three research reports, an illustrated transcript and a book with DVD. For a free copy of the book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betty Warner Sheinbaum offers a heartfelt tribute to the movie achievements and American ideals of her father, Harry Warner. At his urging, Warner Bros was the first studio to close its German office due to the rise of Nazism. Back home, Harry championed political films to raise awareness in the U.S. of the dangers of fascism.
The fourth in a series of Media Impact Project guides for understanding Media Metrics, this guide is split in two in order to feature both conceptual perspectives for foundations and nuts-and-bolts advice for nonprofit news organizations.