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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE C 1998 Vol.-1 No.-1 P.

http://doi.org/10.1631/FITEE.2000689


China in the eyes of news media: a case study under COVID-19 epidemic


Author(s):  Hong HUANG, Zhexue CHEN, Xuanhua SHI, Chenxu WANG, Zepeng HE, Hai JIN, Mingxin ZHANG, Zongya LI

Affiliation(s):  National Engineering Research Center for Big Data Technology, Service Computing Technology and System Lab, Cluster and Grid Computing Lab, School of Computer Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China; more

Corresponding email(s):   honghuang@hust.edu.cn, chenzhexue@hust.edu.cn, xhshi@hust.edu.cn, wangchenxu@hust.edu.cn, hezepeng@hust.edu.cn, hjin@hust.edu.cn, mingxinzhang@hust.edu.cn, lzy901014@sina.com

Key Words:  Country image, COVID-19 epidemic, Topic mining, Entity, Tone of news, Emotion


Hong HUANG, Zhexue CHEN, Xuanhua SHI, Chenxu WANG, Zepeng HE, Hai JIN, Mingxin ZHANG, Zongya LI. China in the eyes of news media: a case study under COVID-19 epidemic[J]. Frontiers of Information Technology & Electronic Engineering, 1998, -1(-1): .

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Abstract: 
As one of the early COVID-19 epidemic outbreak areas, China attracted the global news media's attention at the beginning of 2020. During the epidemic period, the Chinese people united and actively fought against the epidemic. However, in the eyes of the international public, the situation reported about China is not optimistic. To better understand how the international public portrays China, especially during the epidemic, we present a case study with big data technology. We mainly aim to answer three questions: (1) What has the international media focused on during the COVID-19 epidemic period? (2) What is the media's tone when they report on China? (3) What is the media's attitude when talking about China? In detail, we crawled 280,000+ pieces of news from 57 mainstream media agencies in 22 countries and made some interesting observations. For example, international media paid more attention to Chinese livelihood during the COVID-19 epidemic period; In March and April, "Progress of Chinese vaccines," "Specific drugs and treatments," and "Virus outbreak in U.S." became the media's most common topics, In terms of news attitude, Cuba, Malaysia, and Venezuela had a positive attitude toward China, while France, Canada, and the United Kingdom had a negative attitude. Our study can help understand China's image in the eyes of the international media and provide a sound basis for image analysis.

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