B3 Non-refereed conference proceedings
A COVID-19 news coverage mood map of Europe (2021)

Robertson, F., Lagus, J., & Kajava, K. (2021). A COVID-19 news coverage mood map of Europe. In H. Toivonen, & M. Boggia (Eds.), Proceedings of the EACL Hackashop on News Media Content Analysis and Automated Report Generation (pp. 110-115). Association for Computational Linguistics. https://aclanthology.org/2021.hackashop-1.15/

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Robertson, Frankie; Lagus, Jarkko; Kajava, Kaisla

Parent publication: Proceedings of the EACL Hackashop on News Media Content Analysis and Automated Report Generation

Parent publication editors: Toivonen, Hannu; Boggia, Michele

Place and date of conference: Online

eISBN: 978-1-954085-13-8

Publication year: 2021

Pages range: 110-115

Number of pages in the book: 139

Publisher: Association for Computational Linguistics

Place of Publication: Stroudsburg, PA

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: https://aclanthology.org/2021.hackashop-1.15/

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77661


We present a COVID-19 news dashboard which visualizes sentiment in pandemic news coverage in different languages across Europe. The dashboard shows analyses for positive/neutral/negative sentiment and moral sentiment for news articles across countries and languages. First we extract news articles from news-crawl. Then we use a pre-trained multilingual BERT model for sentiment analysis of news article headlines and a dictionary and word vectors -based method for moral sentiment analysis of news articles. The resulting dashboard gives a unified overview of news events on COVID-19 news overall sentiment, and the region and language of publication from the period starting from the beginning of January 2020 to the end of January 2021.

Keywords: text mining; news; news reportage; mood; pandemics; COVID-19; international comparison

Contributing organizations

Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

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