Global Attention Profiles
Recent Research on Media Attention
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The map above shows what countries BBC News is paying the most attention to today. Countries in deep red are experiencing the most attention, yielding more than 3.2% of the stories detected by GAP ';print 'scrapers. As the red fades and blues deepen, countries are experiencing less and less media attention. Reload this page to see the media attention profile of another news media outlet. To examine detailed data per country, this data is also presented in a table.

GAP - the Global Attention Profiles project - tracks the attention that selected news media outlets pay to different nations of the world. A set of automated programs performs 1700 web searches every day to determine what nations news media outlets are paying the most attention to and presents this information in table and map form. GAP also correlates media attention to different development statistics, including national GDP and population. GAP maps of media attention include maps of the relationship between attention and GDP or population. Complete data sets and maps are available from June 25, 2003 to the present. Today's data, for all media outlets, correlated to GDP and population is available here:

Hits map: Technorati A List | AltaVista | BBC News | CNN | Google News | New York Times | Technorati | GDP map: Technorati A List | AltaVista | BBC News | CNN | Google News | New York Times | Technorati | Population map: Technorati A List | AltaVista | BBC News | CNN | Google News | New York Times | Technorati | Data tables: Technorati A List | AltaVista | BBC News | CNN | Google News | New York Times | Technorati |

Download GAP paper, 8/5/03 by Ethan Zuckerman. The paper is in PDF format - free readers are available from Adobe.

What is a Global Attention Profile? Read the GAP FAQ.

Some thoughts on the importance of global media attention.


Early verions of the GAP paper:
Working draft 1, 4/14/03
Working draft 2, 4/18/03


GAP data sets
GAP maps


GAP research is a project of Ethan Zuckerman and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. For more information on the GAP project, please email Ethan.


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