Spectrum Report: Your Tool to See Through the Narratives
Spectrum Report was created to give us the tools we need to better understand the news in this new world, and more importantly, to understand each other better so that we might preserve democracy and liberty for generations to come. How do we do this? By presenting the news in new ways, and providing new tools that empower the reader to see through the narratives and better understand their world and the people they share it with.
Narratives (n): An explanation or interpretation of events in accordance with a particular theory, ideology, or point of view.
News Spectrum: Spectrum Report presents news from across a range of liberal and conservative news outlets, so you can see how readers are seeing their world reported on. Over time readers will notice patterns, or narratives that emerge from different outlets, that influence the thinking of readers, and may deliver indirect messages about public figures, groups of people, policies, countries, cultures, and current events. We invite you to engage with this spectrum and comment on what patterns or narratives you see.
Topic Spectrum Search: Want to see how different outlets on the left and right report on different topics? A quick Spectrum Search will show you articles from different outlets, so you can see the narratives emerge and understand how people with different worldviews are seeing the world around them. In addition, you’ll see analysis of these topics, along with fact-check results of statements, assertions, and articles from around the web, as analyzed by Snopes and Politifact.
Word, Topic, and Article Analysis: Words are powerful. Spectrum Report uses sentiment analysis to provide the mix of emotional tones of an article, or series of articles in the Spectrum Search. This can provide a general feel for what emotions the article or topic is meant to convey, from joy to disgust and anger. This is important for readers to better understand how the news is influencing their emotional reactions to certain topics. You’ll also find word clouds, which show you which words are being used most often in the article or series of articles. This can help you see how certain topics are being linked and conceptual connections are being drawn by the outlet’s reporters.
Fact-Checking: Don't believe everything you read. In a world full of content, opinions, and unfiltered assertions, it’s important to know not only what news is fake news, but what statements are false, and where they came from. Spectrum Report uses Snopes and Politifact, a Pulitzer-Prize Winning website for fact checking the information that is presented in the public sphere.
Outlet Reports: Spectrum Report also gives you the option to view analysis on the historical articles pushed out to the Internet. You can view fact-checking files for the outlet, and see what statements made on or by that outlet have been true or false so you know what to believe.
Outlet Guessing Game: Games have been shown to help people engage when learning a new topic, but also they’re a ton of fun! So we created “Guess Whose Headline” – a game that gives you a chance to refine your narrative-spotting prowess and share with your friends to see who gets the bragging rights. Enjoy responsibly and share.
We hope that you find these tools useful as you seek to understand your world, your own views, and the views of others. Please comment below or on pages that bring you a new insight. As always, please communicate freely but respectfully. The purpose of Spectrum Report is not to incite more division, but to help us communicate better and get out of our echo chambers to improve our world together.