ICA 2016: A gatekeeper among gatekeepers

I’m happy to report that the paper I co-authored with Kasper Welbers and others has been accepted for ICA:

A gatekeeper among gatekeepers: The impact of a single news agency on political news in print and online newspapers in the Netherlands.

Kasper Welbers, Wouter van Atteveldt, Jan Kleinnijenhuis, Nel Ruigrok

Abstract: This paper investigates the influence of news agency ANP on the coverage and diversity of political news in Dutch national newspapers, using com putational text analysis. We analyzed the influence on print newspapers across three years (1996, 2008 and 2013) and compared influence on print and online newspapers in 2013. Results indicate that the influence of ANP on print newspapers only increased slightly. Online newspapers, however, depend heavily on ANP and are highly similar as a result of it. We draw conclusions pertaining to the gatekeeping role of news agencies in the digital age in general, and in the context of the Netherlands in particular. Additionally, we demonstrate that techniques from the field of information retrieval can be used to perform these analyses on a large scale. Our scripts and instructions are provided online to stimulate the use of these techniques in communication studies.