This is What Our Media Looks Like: An Overview of National Protests and Occupy Wall Street News Coverage

Was the U.S. media disinterested in the Occupy Wall Street protests, leading to less coverage of otherwise popular protests, or did it more or less match the collective public interest of the movement?

Starting with the first day of the Occupy protests, September 17, we gathered data on the number of initial OWS protests around the nation and then compared it week-by-week to the quantity of OWS news coverage in the U.S. media in order to look for a correlation. By comparing citizen action versus media interest, a link between OWS media coverage and number of new protests was found; an increase in protests meant a similar increase in news coverage. Likewise, the decline of media coverage also mirrored the decline of protests.

However, this correlation between protests and media coverage began to show differences toward the end of 2011, when the press showed minimal coverage on Occupiers who rallied in 20 cities against foreclosure. Most recently, these differences were also widely apparent when OWS held a nation-wide protest on May 1st, where it also received minimal coverage.


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– OWS News Coverage in U.S. Line Graph:

Data gathered using Newsbank. Searched for “occupy wall street” in Lede/First Graf of all U.S. Newspapers and News Scripts. The list of all national newspapers, newswires and transcripts can be found on the website.

– OWS Protests in U.S.:

This data was gathered from a Many Eyes data set by The Guardian on Occupy protests world-wide.

This data visualization project is a collaboration between my former classmate Carla Astudillo and I.


Social Media Presidential Race – A Data Visualization Project

This data visualization project is a collaboration between my classmates Cesar Bustamante, Katherine Lee and I. For two weeks, we collected data on the five main presidential contenders (starting on April 2, 2012) from their Twitter and Facebook accounts, and analyzed this information to discuss the extent of their online impact with voters, and getting their campaign messages out. Here is what we found:

“Just how effective has the use of social media been to drive forward candidates’ messages to the public, and to what extent is this affected by a candidate’s influence online? For President Obama’s first presidential race, the use of social media was an imperative tactic to reach youth and tech-savvy voters. For this year’s race, it became clear that not all the candidates had what it took to make their influence online known.

Click here to browse through this project.

“Love Without Boundaries”

I was raised to believe that there were only so many ways I could behave when it came to love. I was told no sex before marriage — wait because the right man will eventually sweep you off your feet. I was told cheating is wrong but if your husband does it, work on your marriage anyway. I was told not to dress too provocatively, and that I should only be with one person — anything else wasn’t moral.

These social rules governed the way I looked, felt and interacted with others. But when you don’t know that it is your birthright to love and express your emotions in whatever way your heart desires, how is one supposed to discover that there are infinite choices? See Full Article…

Girl, 12, ‘Consented to Sex’: ‘If I Forced Her… Let Me Die’, Says Arrested Suspect

The man accused of raping a young girl in Congo Town recently has finally given his side of the story. The crime captured the attention of FrontPage Africa readers almost two weeks ago when the mother of the girl, Emma Seekey, accused police of beating and imprisoning her when she reported the attack.

The accused rapist Abel Sangbeh, 20, told FrontPage Africa that the 12-year-old girl consented to having sex. See full article…

Thanks to Reader Support, Mother Able to Pursue Rape and Police Brutality Case

Last week, Front Page Africa reported on the story of Emma Seekey, 32, who went to Zone#3 Depot in Congo Town to seek justice over the rape of her 12-year-old daughter. Instead, the single mother was met with police resistance and abuse, and she was incarcerated for three days.

The story provoked public outcry, and many readers expressed their distress and anger toward the Liberian National Police’s handling of the case. Some readers even reached out to FPA in order to offer their help and support to Emma and her daughter. Now, a month after the actual incident, the LNP have finally arrested the alleged rapist, who lives just a few houses away from the women. See full article…

In Liberia, Mother Gets Arrested for Reporting Her Child’s Rape…

Emma Seekey is 32-year-old single mother who makes a living by selling cold water on the streets to locals. On June 28, Emma left her daughter washing clothes while she rested at home, until she was told by a neighbor’s child to go to a house close by. When she approached the building, she heard her daughter yelling behind the closed, locked door.

Frantic, Emma and a friend forced the door open, where she saw a young man, believed to be in his 20s, on top of her daughter on a bed.

“I was so angry I jumped on him to fight him, but the neighbors told me to stop and go to the police,” she said.

Emma went to the Zone Three Depot in Congo Town to ask the police for help, and seek justice for her daughter’s rape by asking them to detain the young man. However, the local police were anything but supportive – according to Emma, the officers in the room taunted her and refused to believe her story. See full article…

Reporting From Monrovia

This summer, I’m spending two months in Monrovia, Liberia and working with an organization called New Narratives for a two-month internship. I’ll be working with the fellows from this organization and reporting on local stories for print, radio and possibly video pieces. I’m also blogging my entire experience! So check it out, and let me know what you think. I’ll be updating it as frequently as I can, and once I start learning my way around even more, I’ll be adding photos as well.


Local Agency Implicated in Marchella Pierce Case Still at Work

Last month, The New York Times reported on the short, bleak life of Marchella Pierce, the 4-year-old Bed-Stuy girl who died in September after her mother tied her up, drugged her and neglected her, according to authorities.

The tragedy has spread shock waves through the Administration for Children’s Services, which was overseeing Marchella’s case. As well as prosecuting her mother and grandmother, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has convened a grand jury to look into the city agency’s handling of the case, and two former ACS social workers were indicted in March, accused of criminally neglecting the girl and not responding to the urgency of her deteriorating situation.

Another organization that was criticized for its involvement with Marchella Pierce’s case, Clinton Hill’s Child Development Support Corporation, has continued to provide residents of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy with a range of services, including a local Head Start child care program. CDSC, headquartered at 352-358 Classon Avenue, was assigned to oversee drug treatment for Marchella’s mother, Carlotta Brett-Pierce, in November 2009, but a report on the case faults the non-profit for failing in its duties to check on the situation at the Pierce home. CDSC’s city contract to furnish preventive services to at-risk Brooklyn families started in 1987 and was not renewed in June 2010, two months before Marchella’s death. See full article…

Counting People and Taking Names


With this year’s focus on the Census 2010 results, several CUNY Graduate School of Journalism classes got together to work on various multimedia projects revolving around this theme. The result was a cumulation of video, photography, audio and print pieces focused on New York City and the Census, which show a more personal side of the census results by portraying examples of real-life residents here in the city.

For this project, I worked on a print and audio piece that allows readers to listen to the stories of several census workers and their interactions with New Yorkers, plus any observations while on the job.

Other presentations by different classes include a project on how families are torn apart through the way in which the U.S. has handled illegal immigration issues, a look into New Yorkers and the environmental impact they have around them, and a collection of pieces concerning 9/11 victims’ families, and what is being done now to address awareness of this event, and any underlying problems individuals are still facing. Links coming soon!