Recently I came across the blogging platform medium.com.
When I was writing my essay for Media & Society class last semester, I was researching the effect of political and economic forces on news media production. One of my arguments was that news media sources owned by commercial corporations aim to be financially beneficial by attempting to attract bigger audiences and, therefore, their content is highly consumer-oriented. In other words, the more attention issue receives by public, the higher its media coverage is going to be and I was trying to find some sources to support this argument.
One of the examples I provided was the fact that terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut last year received different media coverage. I was trying to find academic or statistical proof of it and discovered this article on medium.com by Suman Deb Roy called ‘Paris and Beirut: Data suggest how Social Media shapes the Coverage‘. The article provides a detailed account on coverage of both issues and proves the correlation between social media attention and media coverage. The information is presented in graphs and is well written and easy to understand even though it uses statistical hypothesis that not everyone is familiar with.
I think the article is interesting because its findings are applicable to the media production in general. It is relevant to the modern society as there is rising concern and debate about what is news and what is considered to be newsworthy.
I recommend you check out the platform as it has interesting articles with unconventional points of view.