Media Cloud

Welcome to media cloud

Media Cloud is an open-source platform for media analysis.

The Media Cloud platform offers three tools. 



Use Explorer to create an instant analysis of how digital news media covers your topic of interest. You can see attention to the issue, the language used, and the people and places mentioned.  


Topic Mapper

Build a Topic for a deeper dive into your issue. We will pull in additional data and media sources, and show you everything from Explorer plus data about media ecosystems, social media shares, and influence networks.  


Source Manager

View our print, broadcast and digital news collections. See what media sources we have and suggest additional sources about your research topic. 




Journalists use Media Cloud to track news cycles in the U.S. or other countries, examine the key topics published by specific sources, and investigate the impact of specific stories.


Foundations track how causes and organizations they support are presented in the media, and use these insights to better monitor programs and allocate resources.


Understanding trends in mainstream news media helps activists advocate for the rights of underserved communities and underrepresented issues, as well as find strategic media outlets to partner with.

Academics & Researchers

Academics and researchers study media attention and influence for issues affecting countries around the world, and access our raw data through the public API.


By monitoring how their area of focus is spoken about in the news, non-profit organizations use Media Cloud to strategically design their advocacy and communications efforts, maximizing attention towards their cause.

content creators

Understanding which narratives or storytelling formats dominate a particular issue, or have been most successful in communicating particular messages, helps creators reverse-engineer the content development process.


We accelerate the value of Media Cloud tools, develop and execute media analysis research agendas, and synthesize research towards actionable insights.

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