Over the last weeks, COVID-19 has monopolized the attention of mass media. Indeed, the consequences of the pandemic are unprecedented and heavily impact all spheres of our lives.
Leveraging Big Data Analytics we are mapping the discussion surrounding the pandemic in traditional news media (i.e online editions and videos published by major news sources) in Italy, UK, US and Canada. The new feature of our News Tracker allows users to explore the evolution of interest in different news topics.
As an example, the topic “Boris Johnson” (UK Prime Minister) breaks into the debate significantly around the 16th of March, after that UK adopted the “herd immunity” strategy against COVID-19, causing mixed reactions.
In a connected world, where news run at the speed of light in fibre optics, this approach sheds light on where the attention of people was, is, and is going, and offers additional insights to interpret the behaviour of people in such turbulent times.