Newspaper Coverage of the 2010-2014 Drought – SEATAG at SWAAG 2016

Alex Shaffer’s work on use KHCoder to analyze over 3000 articles and letters to the editor from 12 newspapers in the South Central Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley will be presented at the Southwest American Association of Geographers (SWAAG) meeting in Denton, Texas. His poster uses a dataset of newspaper articles for three cities (Altus, OK, Amarillo, TX and Austin, TX.) The poster demonstrates that there are cycles of coverage, with concern for farmers dominating early in the drought that shifts over time to the larger issues of conservation and water resources discussions. Alex’s work is funded by the South Central Climate Center as he works to develop educational tools and guides to using text analysis to study large datasets of media coverage about natural hazards such as drought.


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