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New research paper on Sputnik News to be presented at ECPR Hamburg

A research paper by Watanabe on Sputnik News, Conspiracist propaganda: How Russia promotes anti-establishment sentiment online?, will be presented in the Political Communication in a Post-Truth Era panel at ECPR General Conference in Hamburg. It is widely recognized that the Russian government has been involved in international propaganda to influence foreign publics as part of …

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LSS model for protest framing analysis is available now

Our framing analysis tool is now publicly available in the LSS package. We performed analysis of Russian media's framing of street protests using a system developed in Python, but subsequently transferred the 'trained' model into R to make it more accessible. We labelled it 'dictionary' earlier, but refer to it now as a fitted Latent …

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New research paper on Russian media’s coverage of protests in Ukraine

A research paper by Lankina and Watanabe on the Russian media's coverage of protests in Ukraine, 'Russian Spring’ or ‘Spring Betrayal’? The Media as a Mirror of Putin’s Evolving Strategy in Ukraine, has been published in Europe-Asia Studies. A limited number of free copies are available. We analyse Russian state media’s framing of the Euromaidan …

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Working paper on latent semantic scaling

The detail of our automated content analysis technique called latent semantic scaling (LSS) is now available in Kohei Watanabe's working paper titled Big Media Analysis: Application of Vector Space Models to Document Scaling. Computerized analysis of media content is often challenging because diverse topics in news stories cause high data sparseness. Although supervised machine learning …

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New paper on geographical news classification technique

Kohei Watanabe's research paper title Newsmap: A semi-supervised approach to geographical news classification appeared in Digital Journalism. It explains how we selected news stories only about Ukraine or Russia from a large corpus in the projects. This paper presents the results of an evaluation of three different types of geographical news classification methods: (1) simple …

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New paper on Russia’s international propaganda during the Ukraine crisis

Kohei Watanabe's paper on Russia's international propaganda during the Ukraine crisis, The spread of the Kremlin’s narratives by a western news agency during the Ukraine crisis, is published in the Journal of International Communication. The description of the Ukraine crisis as an ‘information war’ in recently published studies seems to suggest a belief that the …

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Tomila Lankina’s work has recently featured in LSE’s Research Highlights showcasing cutting-edge research conducted at LSE

Click here to see Dr. Lankina's research featured in a post on LSE Research Highlights in which she discusses the importance of analysing media as a tool for understanding the "black box" of Russia's domestic and foreign policy making: As Russia has pursued an increasingly aggressive foreign policy in recent years, a new study argues that media monitoring can shed …

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New paper on news bias in ITAR-TASS’s coverage of the Ukraine crisis

Kohei Watanabe's research paper titled "Measuring News Bias: Russia’s Official News Agency ITAR-TASS’s Coverage of the Ukraine Crisis will be published in the European Journal of Communication. Abstract: Objectivity in news reporting is one of the most widely discussed topics in journalism, and numbers of studies on bias in news have been conducted, but there is little …

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New PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo on Russian media

Lankina, Tomila V. (2016) It’s Not All Negative: Russian Media’s Flexible Coverage of Protest as a Regime Survival Strategy, No. 449. PONARS Eurasia, Washington, DC, USA. Pundits continue to debate whether economic shocks, public discontent at home, and isolation abroad will shake President Vladimir Putin’s regime. Much of the commentary on Putin’s survival strategies has …

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