Advances in digital technology enabled news outlets to extend their reach to audiences beyond their geographical borders. A satellite television like Aljazeera for example, with an initial audience of nearly 40 million in 21 Arab countries, used the Internet to reach audiences residing outside those borders. Television channel channels were able not only to stream their live broadcast over the Internet, but also create digital content that mirror and reflect their editorial decisions. Professor Souaiaia noticed that the digital coverage, while representative of the broadcast content, it represents a digital footprint that can be analyzed for explicit and implicit bias. Media outlets not only inform audiences about current events, but also represent the building blocks of the historical record of events. The digital content added another important element that print media, radio, or television did not have: immediacy of coverage.
A newspaper article, before it is published, goes through an editorial processes that shape its words and determine the time of its release. With digital technology, social media and competition forced media outlets to speedup their coverage of a developing story and that exposed even more their bias and editorial politics. Often, news outlets would edit and modify digital content several times as the story develops, and such textual and editorial changes become informative to researchers. The value of such information becomes even more valuable if a large sample of news outlets is captured over a long period of time. Thus was born the research project that aimed to study the media coverage of the 2011 SwAaNA War: A random and timed collection of screenshots of an average of 100 media outlets from around the world over a period of five then ten years.
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