Le monde dans les yeux d’un rédac chef, l’Américaine version

En bon Français qui s’exportent, nous avons sorti la version anglophone du monde vu par un rédac chef. Ce post est cross-posté sur le Online Journalism Blog, de Paul Bradshaw.

The cartograms below show the world through the eyes of editors-in-chief, in 2007. Countries swell as they receive more media attention; others shrink as we forget them[1].

These maps allow you to grasp several media trends at a glance. First, traditional newspapers are highly selective in their coverage of world news. Looking at the three British dailies, editors favour countries that are bigger and more populous, but also closer to home and better developed. They also give more room to the countries of origin of British immigrants, especially if they are white (look at the size of Australia and New-Zealand). Hardly surprising, but still disheartening, especially when you consider that the only brand that does not advocate objectivity, The Economist, covers the world more equally.

Second, we see that web-only outlets do not offer such a different view of the world. That makes sense, considering the narrowing of the news agenda on the web that was described in the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s latest report. Their lack of resources forces them to contract their scope. Smaller issues are better covered by the blogosphere, which seems unbeatable at providing niche news.

The world according to newspapers is a project that came up while writing a dissertation for school. I first published some maps on L’Observatoire des Médias, a French blog. Seeing the response, Gilles Bruno and I decided to go further and keep track of newspaper coverage. We want the maps above to be updated daily (or weekly) in order to pressure editors into covering more diverse issues.

We will build a scraper that will automatically retrieve the data for the 164 countries on several newspapers and a Java or Flash interface that will morph the maps. If you have any skill in cartograms, or data scraping, or if you have funds to buy these skills, you are more than welcome in the team!


[1] Colors indicate the same thing. However, a country can appear in red if it’s in the top 10% but still shrink, as the top 3 countries concentrate most of all media attention.

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  4. rakoto

    Bonjour,

    Vos donnees et votre methode m’interesse beaucoup. Je me demandais si vous aviez des donnees pour l’Afrique Francophone ( Tunisie, Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire..).

    Merci
    ,

    L.

  5. Peter

    Excellent initiative.

    It would be interesting to also have this map for some non-western media. e.g. Al Jazeera, or a Chinese daily, an African and a South American newspaper with global coverage.

    Another idea is to check some social bookmarking media such as Digg…

    It was interesting that the Blogosphere covers much more of the globe than any of the ‘traditional’ media. Long live Citizen Journalism!

    Peter

  6. Nicolas Kayser-Bril

    @rakoto,

    Merci de votre commentaire. J’essaie de développer un programme pour automatiser la collecte des données, y compris sur des titres francophones.

    En attendant, si vous vous sentez de chercher les données pour un ou plusieurs titres africain, je serai ravi de les mettre en forme sur une carte et de l’ajouter aux autres! (la liste des pays se trouve là: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pLVpvWIjUL7aB56fJ4FHQYg

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  11. heri

    félicitations pour l’idée et très bon travail.

    j’imagine que vous utilisez l’API de technorati pour obtenir ces données.

    comment vous faites pour savoir qu’un article traite un pays en particulier? comment ca marche si l’auteur de l’article mentionne juste un pays en tant qu’exemple, et non comme sujet principal de l’article.

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  15. Nicolas Kayser-Bril

    @heri
    La quantité d’article provient d’une simple recherche sur les archives des marques citées (avec quelques modifications pour les pays aux noms ambigus, comme RDC/Congo, United Kingdom/England, Jordan, Chad ou Georgia).

    L’intérêt n’est pas tant de compter le nombre d’articles traitant d’un pays, mais de voir le nombre de fois où ce pays est cité. Les métaphores, les comparaisons, les expressions utilisées par les journalistes ont aussi leur importance dans la vision du monde qu’ils transfèrent à leurs lecteurs.

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  17. mpb

    Is there a way to pull Alaska out from the USA? We are so peculiar, especially the Unorganized Borough.

    Thank you.

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  37. Michael Tobis

    Je ne peux pas facilement croire que chaque publication entre vos choix tient que le Canada soit aussi ou plus interessant que les EUA.

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  60. liam

    Also very surprised to see Canada receives more coverage than the U.S. in some samples here, like The Australian. Surely Obama alone gets more int’l press in an hour than the whole of Canada in a day? Sadly.
    But I love these maps, it’s important work and interesting. Please keep expanding your sources and refining how you do it, I’ll keep checking the site for news!

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  70. alaanile

    Excellent initiative.

    It would be interesting to also have this map for some non-western media. e.g. Al Jazeera, or a Chinese daily, an African and a South American newspaper with global coverage.

    Another idea is to check some social bookmarking media such as Digg…

    It was interesting that the Blogosphere covers much more of the globe than any of the ‘traditional’ media. Long live Citizen Journalism!

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  71. alaanile

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    It would be interesting to also have this map for some non-western media. e.g. Al Jazeera, or a Chinese daily, an African and a South American newspaper with global coverage.

    Another idea is to check some social bookmarking media such as Digg…

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