Convergence of Media Attention Across 129 Countries

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10540)


The objective of this study is to assess the longitudinal trends of media similarity and dissimilarity on the international scale. As news value has well-established political, cultural, and economic consequences, the degree to which media coverage and content is converging across countries has implications for international relations. To study this convergence, we use the daily data of the 100 topics that were over-reported in each country, compared to other countries, from March 7 to October 9, 2016. The results of this analysis indicate that two complementary patterns–globalization and domestication–explain the media attention across the countries. We conclude that this attention can be driven not only by geographical closeness but also by more complex dimensions, such as historical relationships. Also, although a group of countries often have common media attention, their similarity level depends on time and topic.


Media convergence Media attention Globalization Domestication Unfiltered News Tensor factorization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Qatar Computing Research InstituteHamad Bin Khalifa UniversityDohaQatar

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