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Introducing Instant Election Insights

In terms of scheduled news events, they don’t come much bigger than an Election. The major parties, along with a collection of smaller groups and independents, spend the weeks of the campaign period setting out their stall for voters. Policies, personalities, and the politics of it all dominate the news cycle throughout, resulting in an almost endless amount of news and analysis across all forms of media.

The amount of news generated by an election is so immense that it can often prove overwhelming, making it difficult to understand which issues are being most talked about, which candidates are making their voice heard, and how media coverage of the campaign differs across Australia.

At Streem, our realtime media monitoring technology uniquely positions us to cut through the noise during an election campaign and provide clear insights and analysis of the nature of election news coverage. That’s why we’ve set up our Instant Election Insights, so let’s take you through what it offers and the methodology behind it.

What is Instant Election Insights?

Built using the same technology that underpins Instant Insights, Instant Election Insights is a free, easy-to-understand collection of charts and graphs that breaks down the media coverage throughout an election campaign.

Tracking the major politicians and issues all across Australia for a given election, Instant Election Insights monitors Election coverage across Print, Online, Radio, TV, Magazine and Podcasts. From this coverage, seven charts breaking down the coverage for that day and the campaign so far are available.

Two of the charts focus on Election coverage on the given day they are being viewed:

    • Share of Voice, so you know who is getting the most coverage on a given day.

    • Today’s top issues, ranking the four biggest Election issues that day.

Five of the charts span the whole campaign period by default, with users also able to select a specific date range during the campaign for the charts to reflect:

    • Share of Voice so far, showing how different media profiles have tracked across the campaign to date;

    • Top campaign issues so far, ranking the 10 most-mentioned issues so far in the campaign;

    • Geographic spread by City (Map), displaying where each of the major parties are securing their coverage from across Australia;

    • Coverage by Media Type, breaking out how much election and party coverage comes across various types of media; and

    • Leading campaign spokespeople; spotlighting out who has the highest media profile across the campaign so far.

Thanks to Streem’s realtime media monitoring technology, all charts update in realtime, reflecting the latest data as the stories of the day and campaign shift and evolve.

The methodology behind it

Beyond the politicians, two dozen issues and topics are being tracked, ranging from the Economy, to Science and Technology, and beyond. The most prominent issues and topics each day and across the campaign so far will be broken out in our two top issues charts, showing how the discussion evolves. Because of Streem’s intelligent realtime media monitoring technology, we’ll be able to add new issues to our tracker, should an unexpected topic rise to prominence during the campaign.

Extensive consideration, deliberation and refinement is behind Instant Election Insights, and the result is a comprehensive picture of the media coverage for an election campaign.

This is just the start

Instant Election Insights is available at election.streem.com.au complimentary for all, making it easier than ever before to understand and analyse political media coverage during an election.

We’ve also established data partnerships with numerous publishers and broadcasters, providing them with Election data and insights to help them inform their readers and viewers about media coverage during the campaign. If you’re a journalist interested in making use of Streem’s data, get in touch with our Head of Insights and Marketing, at lauren.jefferies@streem.com.au.

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