MS Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence defense_Scott Heneghan

Candidate: Scott Heneghan

Master of Science in Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence

Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Exploratory Hall 2304

TITLE:

GRASSROOTS TO VOTING BOOTHS: A STUDY OF THE SPATIOTEMPORAL DYNAMICS OF TRADITIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE AND SOCIAL MEDIA IMPACT IN 2016 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

COMMITTEE:

Director: Dr. Anthony Stefanidis

Committee Members: Dr. Arie Croitoru, Dr. Andrew Crooks

 

ABSTRACT:

The subject of social media effect on elections has been studied by multiple peer reviewed journals, however none take a space time statistical approach to social media’s effect on traditional media in the context of a presidential election. This article attempts to review the space time patterns of social media and how they can potentially drive news coverage from local papers across different parts of the United States. Specifically, the number of tweets around the newspaper locations as compared against the number of news reports about either Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump were reviewed in order to determine if social media is in fact a driver of change. The trends of the results over time were analyzed using the Pearson product moment correlation.