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  • Two charts showing how the mainstream media gets minorities wrong

    Fast Company - 02/28/2018

    The study was authored by Deen Freelon, a media studies professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (and son of architect Phil Freelon), and three co-authors: Lori Lopez, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Meredith D. Clark, University of Virginia; and Sarah J. Jackson, Northeastern University. Freelon led the quantitative part of the study. The ingenuity lay in the setup. To figure out the boundaries of three virtual Twitter communities—Asian Americans, African Americans, and feminists—his team pored over the hashtags used by community leaders and scraped news coverage mentioning both those groups and also containing a hashtag. Freelon then turned those terms into a cloud of affiliated hashtags that provided a rough map of the community.

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