Media Observatory Initiative

Summary

In the digital age, news consumers experience increasing difficulty in distinguishing genuine from false information and, as a result, their trust in the media is being severely undermined. This project aims to develop a web platform to capture, process and visualize the Swiss and global news landscape, in order to better understand its structure and the dynamics at play. For news consumers, transparent quality and credibility indicators will also help them to assess the reliability of news sources and information. Media outlets will therefore have the ability to stand out and regain their status as the guarantors of quality information. In addition, this platform will enable journalists to keep track of the reaction of the audiences online, allowing them to more effectively identify and address controversial or polarizing issues.

Keywords :
observatory, digitalization, media sustainability, news ecosystem, visualization

Project outputs

Duration

12 months

People involved

Principal investigator

Prof. Karl Aberer (EPFL)

 

Researchers

Jérémie Rappaz (EPFL)

Marco Romanelli (EPFL)

François Quellec (EPFL)

 

Media partners

Gaël Hürlimann (Le Temps)

Catherine Frammery (Le Temps)

Paul Ronga (Le Temps)

Academic institutions

Distributed Information Systems Laboratory – LSIR (EPFL)

Media partners

Le Temps (Ringier)

Status

This project started in October 2019 and is ongoing

Related call for projects

Helping media fight misinformation and restore the public’s trust

In the media

Le Temps

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EPFL News

An algorithm to detect outside influences on the media