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U.S. Presidential Election 2020 Media Coverage Monitoring and Analysis

The weekly blog series from Cision will provide nonpartisan media analyses leading up to Election Day

Published on September 03, 2020

Cision, the global leader in earned media software and wire distribution services, announced that for the next ten weeks they will track and analyze media coverage of the U.S. presidential election. The findings will be published each week on Cision’s blog in a new series, The State of the Election. Readers can expect nonpartisan, data-first insights to understand how the public is consuming and engaging with election coverage before, during and after the campaign.

“Cision’s powerful media monitoring and analytics platform gives a unique perspective into how the election is being covered,” said Seth Gilpin, Product Marketing Manager at Cision.

“Thousands of stories are being published every day, which reach millions of voters across traditional, digital, and social media channels. By tracking the evolution of election coverage, we can analyze a variety of topics and provide a data-driven view of how earned media impacts audience behavior.”

Cision launched the series today, beginning with a media analysis of the 2020 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Through a comparative lens, Cision looked at earned media coverage for both the DNC and RNC, which attracted approximately 20 million viewers each night. The eight days of combined programming sparked thousands of news articles, reaching millions more.

The data revealed that the RNC generated 1,000 more articles than the DNC from August 16th to August 29th. Compared to the 2016 conventions, the earned media coverage of the RNC increased by 15.6%, whereas DNC coverage decreased by 61%.

However, Cision’s proprietary Article Impact score, which is a blended metric that balances the readership, social amplification, and sentiment of an article, paints a positive picture for the DNC. Despite having only 28% of the total share-of-voice, 80% of the top DNC and RNC related content was published by left-leaning publications.

Other key findings include:

  • Significantly more content is being published by right-leaning publications vs left-leaning publications, at 2.5x more coverage.
  • Right-leaning content is shared more frequently on social media.
  • DNC related content, published by right-leaning publications, received the most social amplification. That category of content was shared 7x more often than RNC focused content from right-leaning publications.

In addition to media insights, Cision will provide recommendations for how brands can use media monitoring to determine if they should participate in conversations around the election, along with which platforms will be most effective if they decide to do so.

Additional topics that will be covered in The State of the Election series include:

  • Swing state coverage
  • The presidential and vice-presidential debates
  • Earned media viewership by publication and article
  • Audience demographic data by age, gender, and ethnicity

To learn more about Cision and to view the full analysis click here.

Cision is politically unaffiliated and does not endorse any political parties, platforms, campaigns or candidates.

Executive Editor