Creating an Influencer-Relationship Model to Locate Actors in Environmental Communications
This chapter describes a method for creating an influencer-relationship model from newspaper articles and illustrates each step required to develop the model. These steps include collecting articles from disparate sources, locating relevant actors in the articles, compiling and querying a MySQL database, and creating visualizations to assist with analysis. Once assembled, the article archive can be searched and modeled to find relationships between people who influence the production of public environmental knowledge. My area of focus is environmental communications regarding groundwater debates in Texas. The chapter focuses on public communications about groundwater during drought years in Texas (2010–2014) as a case study. It concludes with a few thoughts on how to improve the method.
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