It probably comes as no surprise that we couldn’t resist this one! This week in multimedia journalism, we have a stunning data visualization that captures more than three decades of locations mentioned in news coverage of events between 1979 and 2013, as compiled by the Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT). A new set of charts by the Oxford Internet Institute’s Information Geographies blog, the World-wide News Web is a stunning depiction of stories in media outlets from almost every country in the world.

“The map restates the United States’ position as a core geographical focal point of the collection. There are seven location pairs that are characterized by over 100,000 events happening between them. Every one of these seven pairs has one location outside of the United States and one inside the country. The brightest lines connect the United States (and Washington in particular), with Russia (twice), Iran, Iraq, Israel (twice), and China.” And through this visualization, one thing is clear: some countries are getting a lot more attention in the press.

And for a more detailed analysis of the findings outlined in the visualization, check The Atlantic’s, How Three Decades of News Coverage has Shaped Our View of the World.


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