Television Explorer: Television News As Data
In collaboration with the Internet Archive's Television News Archive, GDELT's Television Explorer allows you to keyword search the closed captioning streams of the Archive's 6 years of American television news and explore macro-level trends in how America's television news is shaping the conversation around key societal issues. Unlike the Archive's primary Television News interface, which returns results at the level of an hour or half-hour "show," the interface here reaches inside of those six years of programming and breaks the more than one million shows into individual sentences and counts how many of those sentences contain your keyword of interest. Instead of reporting that CNN had 24 hour-long shows yesterday that mentioned Donald Trump, the interface here will count how many sentences uttered on CNN yesterday mentioned his name - a vastly more accurate metric for assessing media attention.
No quotation marks are necessary, your primary keyword is treated as an exact phrase match. You can use commas to specify multiple primary keywords, which are OR'd together. You can also provide an optional "context" keyword or set of keywords (multiple keywords are similarly boolean OR'd together) to further refine your results by counting only cases where your primary keyword appears within four sentences of your context keyword. For example, if you search for "clinton" as your primary keyword, the resulting timeline will count every mention of her name, regardless of context. But, what if you want to examine when discussion of her began to focus on her email server? To count just mentions of her in context with her emails, you would specify "clinton" as your Primary Keyword and "email,emails" as your Context Keywords. This will run the equivalent of "clinton NEAR (email OR emails)". At least one of your Context Keywords must appear within four sentences before or after an instance of your Primary Keyword for it to count. This typically works out to a window of around 30 seconds of air time.
We define a "sentence" as being a string of words spanning one or more captioning timecode lines and ending with a period, question mark or exclaimation mark. After extensive experimentation we found that this provides a highly robust and reliable segmentation metric that works across all 150 monitored stations over all 6 years. Do keep in mind, however, that you are searching the raw unedited closed captioning transcript of each show - typographical and other errors in the transcript mean search results are not 100% perfect. Also note that since the number of sentences can vary day-to-day, we strongly recommend that you set the "Timeline As" option to "Percent Of All Sentences," which sums up the total number of all sentences monitored from the matching stations over the selected period and divides the number of matching sentences by that total. This reports media attention as a percent of all output of the monitored stations, ensuring that any day-to-day fluctuations are normalized away. You might still see an odd result here or there if for example there was an issue with monitoring of a station during a particular day (for example, a few missing or garbled transcripts), so if you see a few isolated one-day spikes or plunges in your data this could be the reason. A time resolution of one day is used for all searches spanning more than 7 days - for searches of 7 days or less an hourly resolution (in UTC timezone) is used to better highlight high resolution trends. You can also download the JSON data and graph at even higher resolution using your own tools.
For more sophisticated comparison analyses, you can chose to set Timeline As to Raw Counts and download the results in CSV format. You could then run multiple searches for different keywords and then compare their relative coverage in a spreadsheet tool like Excel or run more sophisticated analyses in a tool like R. This also allows you to perform more advanced contextualization analyses. For example, you could run a search for "clinton" and download the raw counts. Then, run a search for "clinton" with Contextual Keywords set to "email,emails" like the example above, but then download the raw counts as a CSV file. Now, copy paste the results into a single Excel spreadsheet and divide the results from the second query by the results of the first query for each day. The result will be the percent of all mentions of clinton that also mentioned her email troubles nearby. This is different than if you had run the "clinton"/"email,emails" query with Timeline As set to Percent of Sentences, since that reports the count as the percent of all monitored sentences from the monitored stations, rather than as a percent of just clinton mentions. Using this workflow you can perform all kinds of advanced analyses. You can also click-drag on the timeline below to zoom into just a portion of the timeline.
NOTE: Not all television stations are monitored for the entire time period and some may have brief outages. Many of the affiliate stations were monitored for only a few months. See the Station Start/Stop Dates list for the precise dates each station's monitoring began and ended (stations with an "end" date in the last few days are still being actively monitored). Note that some affiliate stations were monitored for a few months, then not monitored for a few months, then monitored again towards the end of the 2016 presidential campaign, so there may be gaps and when using affiliate stations you should try several different queries if you see a stretch of a month or two of zero hits in the middle of your results.
Email email@example.com with any questions. Permission is granted for any and all use of these graphs in media reports and academic research, please cite "Analysis by the GDELT Project using data from the Internet Archive Television News Archive." This tool would not be possible without the incredible work of the Internet Archive's Television News Archive to monitor and preserve American television news.
Use the options below to specify a primary keyword or phrase (no quotes needed) and an optional set of comma-separated words/phrases (no quotes needed) that must appear within four sentences of your keyword to narrow its context. You can use the controls below to fine-tune your search.
The snippet text of the first 50 matching clips is examined and the top 100 most common non-stopwords is compiled and displayed in the word cloud below to give you a sense of what terms tend to appear most commonly in the immediate vicinity of your search term(s) in the 50 most relevant clips.
Below are a selection of up to 32 of the most relevant matching clips (ordered by relevance / all times in UTC). To view a longer list, download the results in CSV or JSON format, which output up to 2,500 results.
BBC News: BBC News on 4/9/2017 14:09:06
...the bomb was detonated outside, still causing many casualties. these were coordinated attacks, raising to a new level concern for egypt's security and that of its coptic community, which makes up about a tenth of the population. the islamic state group warned recently it was going to intensify -- leaving this ancient community more fea rful leaving this ancient community more fearful than ever for its future. sebastian jung ashya, fearful than ever for its future. sebastianjung ashya, bbc news....
BBC News: Breakfast on 7/10/2017 7:13:07
...i can love another child that is not biologically mine. people have so much love for charlie, and they support us. the scary thing is that this could happen to anyone. we are just two normal people, and parents do know their children best sometimes. there was the story of ashya king, whose pa rents was the story of ashya king, whose parents wanted to take their child to proper treatment that was not available on the nhs. ...
BBC News: BBC News on 7/9/2017 17:11:12
...if he was lying there in pain and suffering, we wouldn't be standing here now. we are with him 2a hours a day. people say i couldn't sit there and watch my child suffer, nor could we. have parents got in touch with you, going through similar things? we spoke to the kings, ashya king, previously....
BBC News: Dateline London on 1/14/2017 11:49:56
...especially in january. -- a lwa ys impresses. especially in january. -- always in crisis. i think it is an exaggeration. does germany do things better? your health service in general costs more per ashya of -- per share of gdp....
BBC News: BBC News on 4/9/2017 14:09:06
...there are a suicide bomber tried to break into saint mark's cathedral but were stopped by security. the bomb was detonated outside, still causing many casualties. these were coordinated attacks, raising to a new level concern for egypt's security and that of its coptic community, which makes up about a tenth of the population. the islamic state group warned recently it was going to intensify -- leaving this ancient community more fea rful leaving this ancient community more fearful than ever for its future. sebastian jung ashya, fearful than ever for its future....
BBC News: BBC News on 1/16/2017 18:51:21
...this nhs promotionalfilm shows off the two centres due to open in manchester and london. it is still at least 18 months away, it will be august 2018 before this proton therapy centre that's being built here in manchester is up and running, giving the hope of life saving treatment for some patients. a year after that, the centre in london will open. the total cost will be â£250 million. many people will have first learned about proton therapy through the case of five-year-old ashya king....
BBC News: BBC News on 5/30/2017 15:13:09
...sorry to interrupt but i got there before you! she was of course performing in manchester on the night of that attack on the 22nd of may. she is going to perform a benefit concert for the victims of that attack. the concert will take place on sunday the 4th of june concert will take place on sunday the 4th ofjune at the emirates old trafford in manchester. ariana grande will perform, but many others will be performing as well, including justin bieber, coldplay, katy perry, miley cyrus, ashya, take that, they are all going to perform....