News sharing as a measure of media alignment

Authors

  • Gábor Simonovits Central European University
  • Ádám Vig Central European University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51685/jqd.2023.010

Keywords:

media slant, media capture, news sharing

Abstract

In this note we introduce a new approach to measure media alignment derived from the story-sharing behavior of journalists. We use a large corpus of online news stories from two leading Hungarian news sites and estimate alignment scores for a large number of outlets that they cite. To the extent that journalists are more likely to cite ideologically proximate sources, our measure can be used to compare a large number of media outlets on a political — in our case government vs. independent — space. We demonstrate the use of this approach with two empirical applications. First, we show that our alignment scores successfully capture known ideological variation across outlets at a single point in time. Second, we demonstrate that quarterly estimates of alignment for a captured outlet change dramatically following an abrupt change in ownership.

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Published

2023-05-09

How to Cite

Simonovits, G., & Vig, Ádám. (2023). News sharing as a measure of media alignment. Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media , 3. https://doi.org/10.51685/jqd.2023.010

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