Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism Uses ForSight™ to Examine Social Media Opinion Following the School Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

 

A new study on social media opinion from the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) finds more calls for gun regulation on social media in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT than following other recent shootings that received national media attention.

The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism has used Crimson Hexagon’s ForSight social media opinion analytics platform to examine the media and public reaction to several high-profile shootings over the past couple of years, including the shooting in January 2011 that killed six people and wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida in February 2012.

The Pew PEJ study points out that in the days after the shooting in Tuscon, Arizona, only 3% of the conversation on social media examined gun laws in the United States.  In the wake of the shooting in Newtown, almost 30% of social media conversation focused on gun regulation.

To read the full study, visit Pew’s website.  Alex Fitzpatrick wrote about the study for Mashable.

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