Looking Across Languages: Seeing A Major News Story Through Coverage In Different Countries And Languages

Earlier this month, Israel's parliament swore in a new coalition government. One area of particular interest to media scholars is how coverage of a story varies across countries and languages, from the details reported to the contextualization and framing of that story within the narratives of a given society. Performing this kind of global analysis requires being able to group articles about a storyline together, even if they are written quite differently or even in different languages. For example, the URLs below reflect just a tiny slice of coverage of the Israeli governmental change as seen in just a small random sample drawn from three minutes of GDELT coverage on June 2nd, 2021, showing the power of this approach.