St. Lawrence University
MacKenzie Juda

For my network mapping, I chose to look at the same sample from the data set which I had viewed in the previous method application. This consisted of those who mentioned the key words "media," "journalism," "journalist," "reporter," or "reporting" between August 9, 2014 and August 14, 2014 using the hashtag #ferguson. I have looking to analyze the sentiment toward the media among the tweeters in the data set on the night of Michael Brown's shooting and the four days which followed. By looking at the network map of this sample, I am able to see who the key people mentioned within this network were. This will help me to determine the reach that each of the tweeters had and whether journalists or activists had a farther reach during this time.

The key influencer at this time was Antonio French. He was quick to tweet about the events taking place in Ferguson as he was from the town. Ironically enough, French was arrested during this time frame for protesting. This could be why his name was the largest within the network map. The announcement that he was arrested was retweeted several times by users within the data set as the information he was spreading through social media was highly respected in this twitter community. Johnetta Elzie, another protester from Ferguson, had the second biggest reach in this network along with Wesley Lowery, a journalist who was stationed in Ferguson within this time frame.

These results show that the three key influencers within the data set were all in Ferguson at the time of the protests. Whether they were actively protesting or reporting on the events taking place, it can be inferred that people were more likely to follow the tweets of someone living through the events rather than an outside media source at this time. This could be reflective of the trust that people had in the media at this time as those who did not associate with media outlets had a larger reach than those who did, with the exception of Lowery who was on the scene throughout the time frame. However, a large factor to this network map is the media blackout that was occurring at the time. Without a large media presence in Ferguson at the time, people were more likely to get updates on the events from those who were in the area. These people happened to be activists more than journalists.