In the midst of a global pandemic it can seem that every other news headline is about something negative. How might filtering by the sentiment of each article help locate uplifting and inspiring stories amidst this deluge of negative?
Using the DOC 2.0 API's tone filtering capability, GDELT Summary actually allows you to do exactly this, filtering for "Fairly Positive" and "Fairly Negative" news across the web, allowing you to search for a given keyword and identify just articles with an overall positive tone that mention your keyword.
For example, if we search for "Fairly Positive" English-language articles published in the last month that contain the word "pandemic" to look for coverage of positives emerging from the pandemic we get headlines like these:
- Daughter Of Immigrants Among Health Workers Heading To Super Bowl
- BurgerFi delivers meals to Broward Health caregivers
- CultureWorks offering $500 grants to Richmond artists affected by COVID-19; Studio Two Three wins $20K NEA grant
- UH and Cleveland Browns Send 3 Healthcare Workers to Super Bowl LV
- Text message service boosting mental health support in lockdown
- Pandemic sharpens appetite for organic food
- Target employees to receive $500 pandemic bonus; retailer extends coronavirus benefits into 2021
- Jill Biden Decks Out White House Lawn In Big Hearts: 'I Just Wanted Some Joy'
- Utah Office of Tourism receives $1M in CARES Act Recovery to aid state's tourism economy
- Condor Ferries 'optimistic' for a thriving summer tourist season
- Maine Mariner honors healthcare workers with free tickets
- 2 Kirkland Firefighters Honored For Pandemic Efforts
- Central Africa: RwandAir Opens Flights to Central Africa Republic
- Pandemic fails to dampen CNY celebrations abounding with gratitude
Even the most negative of keywords can still reveal a world of positive coverage looking at the bright side of the global pandemic. Using either the DOC 2.0 API (to search for any keyword via GDELT's English machine translations) or the vastly richer tonal dimensions of the GKG 2.0's GCAM (to search for its thematic, geographic and select entity dimensions), it is possible to create lenses onto the world that focus on the positives of each day.