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Provides full text access to the New York Times (1995+) , the Wall Street Journal (1982+), the Los Angeles Times (1985+), the Washington Post (1987+), and the Chicago Tribune (1985+) and many other papers.
Index to the most extensive and complete archive of television news. Streamed video access to NBC and CNN content; other network content available for loan for a fee. Place loan requests through Interlibrary Loan; depending on costs, fees may be covered.
Building on the Vanderbilt TV News Archive, the Internet Archive collects and preserves TV news from U.S. national and cable networks, some international stations, and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. Search closed caption text and short, streamed clips (full broadcasts can be borrowed on DVD for a fee). The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired. Contains nearly 1.5 million broadcasts, including curated collections on Donald Trump, the Executive Branch, 9/11, and more. Their Third Eye project (2017-present) captures data on the chyrons (breaking news banners) that run on BBC News, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.
Allows you to visualize keyword trends in the Internet Archive's collection of American television news. The Television Explorer breaks results into individual sentences and counts how many of those sentences contain your keyword of interest. Results can be graphed or downloaded to CSV or JSON. See also their companion 2016 Campaign Television Tracker and 2016 Candidate Web Tracker
Extensive archive of political video covering every C-SPAN program aired since 1987. Particularly valuable for coverage of Congress, including video of congressional hearings, but also lots of coverage of campaigns and elections.
Try searching a person's name, then clicking on the individual's link in the "Persons" category. From here you can browse for content featuring that person by year or role (senator, governor, candidate, etc.).
Under the advanced search, you can also browse a list of tags (like 2008 elections) to help narrow your search.
Contains breaking news, feature stories, photographs, graphics and audio clips produced by the AP’s network of journalists, who operate in more than 250 locations worldwide. 1800s+. From the Associated Press.
Fabulous site containing lots of information on the presidency, especially a fully searchable database of the Papers of the Presidents back to Washington, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (Carter to G.W. Bush), and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (2009-current). Also has party platforms back to 1840, convention speeches, candidates' remarks, election debates back to 1960, executive orders and proclamations, presidential approval back to 1941, vetoes, state of the union addresses, press briefings, and more.
Provides access to real-time documents, publications, press releases, and social media posts from all branches, offices, agencies, and elected officials of the U.S. Federal Government. Extensive search and filtering options; most content is from 2000-present. Special requests for bulk downloads can be arranged.
FNS contains White House briefings & statements by the President, Congressional hearings, National Press Club speeches (when discussing major topics or remarks by key U.S. or foreign figures), special briefings whether on record or not for attribution in addition to remarks of top ranking officials, 1988+. CQ contains transcripts of 4 to 5 complete congressional hearings per day as well as press briefings from the State, Justice, and Defense departments, presidential news conferences and press briefings, and speeches and press conferences by national newsmakers, 1995+. If searching for speeches, try something like: (HEADLINE(mccain w/8 (remarks OR speech))).
Collection of large Twitter datasets (tweet IDs) on a variety of newsworthy topics, including a number of political and election-related topics (primarily US) back to 2016. To use them, you have to rehydrate the tweets using a tool like DocNow’s Hydrator: https://github.com/DocNow/hydrator.
Collects the daily tweets of both houses of Congress, encompassing 1,000+ campaign, office, committee and party accounts. The collected tweets are available as JSON datasets. Freely available on GitHub; covers June 2017 forward. For just the most recent daily updates, see the public site.
Contains processed text from the bound and daily editions of the United States Congressional Record collected by Gentzkow et al. The bound edition covers the 43rd to 111th (1873–2011) Congresses, and the daily edition covers the 97th to 114th (1981–2017). Each edition includes all text spoken on the floor of each chamber of Congress. An automated script parses the text from each session to produce full-text speeches, metadata on speeches and their speakers, and counts of two-word phrases (bigrams) by speaker and party.
Collects, archives, and makes publicly available every official e-newsletter sent by sitting members of the US Congress since 2010. Updated in real time, as members of Congress send constituent messages, and provides researchers with a systematic set of texts to examine the strategic choices that legislators and their staff make in crafting the content. Data available in .csv by month.
The experimental Radio News Archive allows people to search through English language talk & news-focused radio stations from 2016 through the present using transcripts created with automatic speech recognition technology. Includes a number of US conservative radio talk shows. MIT's MediaLab has also produced a corpus of automatically transcribed US talk radio captured during part of 2018-2019: https://github.com/social-machines/RadioTalk.
This corpus contains emails from candidates running for state and federal office, political parties, and other political organizations like PACs.
Contains more than 400,000 emails from 3,000+ senders since Dec. 2019. You can search the corpus online or request access to the dataset via a webform.
The most complete record of presidential proclamations known to exist, with proclamations from President George Washington to President Barack Obama (approximately 10,000 records and counting). Provides a database of proclamations (and related directives), searchable by President, year, proclamation number, and issue category.
Site by two professors (Baylor & Vanderbilt) containing text of major speeches by presidents and presidential candidates. Contains speeches back to Washington. Also contains a list, by president, of links to other sites with information on rhetoric and speeches of that president.
Successor to the Wisconsin Advertising Project (below), 2010+ with a rolling 2-4 year embargo imposed by Kantar Media/CMAG, who supply the data. You can view the codebooks online, but you must submit a data use agreement and $20 for each campaign year requested. There is some summary data and analysis available through the press releases of the project.
Political ad airings & content data: presidential: 2012, 2016, 2020; Congressional, gubernatorial, "down ballot" races: 2006, 2010-2020
Population health messaging in political ads 2012 & 2016
Health insurance ads 2013-2018 (all in one data set)
Datasets covering TV campaign ads for federal and gubernatorial elections, 1998–2008. You can view the codebooks online, but you must submit a data use agreement and $20 for each campaign year requested. All datasets are provided in SPSS and Stata formats. Storyboards of all creatives are also provided as PDFs. Over time coverage increased to all 210 media markets in the US.
Repository of over 800,000 ads and 2.5 million videos from the the 2020 U.S. presidential election posted on Facebook (including Instagram), Google, YouTube, and TikTok. From a paper by Papakyriakopoulos et al. "How Algorithms Shape the Distribution of Political Advertising: Case Studies of Facebook, Google, and TikTok." Proceedings of the 2022 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society, 532–546. https://doi.org/10.1145/3514094.3534166. Data in .csv.
This database by ProPublica and NYU researchers contains ads that ran on Facebook from Oct. 2020-Feb. 2022 and were submitted by thousands of volunteers from around the world via a browser extension that automatically collected advertisements on their Facebook pages. Ads are classified using machine learning to identify likely political ads. Includes numerous data fields. Data in .csv. For additional info and insight, see NYU's Ad Observatory.
Project by the Internet Archive in conjunction with their TV News Archive. Collected political TV ads in key markets during the 2016 election cycle. In addition to the videos, you can download a unique list of all ads they've collected and details of the airings, including candidate, sponsor and type, number of airings, station, location, program type, negativity, and more.
Housed at the University of Oklahoma, the Archive is the largest most comprehensive collection of political advertising in the world, with more than 90,000 commercials, TV ads back to 1950, and radio spots back to 1936. Items can be viewed on site, or a limited number can be requested remotely via a temporary loan (fees apply).
Archived website that contains numerous campaign ads from presidential (2000-2016) and various California congressional and state elections (1994-2010). Since the site is archived, not all media may have been captured.
A collection of presidential campaign commercials from 1952-present, put together by the Museum of the Moving Image. Browse by year, by type of ad, and by issue. You can make your own ad by combining historical footage with your own images and audio.
Academic experts provide an assessment of contemporary research on public opinion, the media, and their interconnections. Includes extensive discussion of how public opinion and mass media coverage are studied through survey research and increasingly through experiments.
Extensive scholarly guide to the field of public opinion research, covering its historical development, theories, methodology, social and political environment, and fields of application. Published 2008.
Analyzes all aspects of journalism—including trends, issues, concepts, individuals, institutions, media outlets, and events. Try browsing through the Reader's Guide, which organizes entries into broad themes. Also includes an annotated guide to recent scholarship on journalism. Published 2009.
Explore current issues and events with in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates. Topic pages feature the latest related news coverage from Reuters® as well as a variety of helpful background information, from the key pro/con arguments to chronologies of related events to primary documents. Updated weekly. 1995–present.
CJR "examines day-to-day press performance as well as the forces that affect that performance." Lots of coverage of political topics. For articles from the magazine, current issues are in the DeLong Room in Firestone (PN4700 .C658).
AJR "examines how the media cover specific stories and broader coverage trends. AJR analyzes ethical dilemmas in the field and monitors the impact of technology on how journalism is practiced." AJR is published 6 times a year and has its archives fully online.
A nonpartisan project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Fact Check monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
Fact checking website from the St. Petersburg Times that provides a "scorecard separating fact from fiction" on statements by politicians and candidates. Each statement is rated on the Truth-O-Meter, with scores like "half-true," "false," and "pants on fire!"
A leading consumer protection organization in the U.S., CDD engages in research, public education, and advocacy about contemporary digital media and marketing and their impact on public health, children and youth, and privacy.