Local News Research Project data sets have been made available on this website for academic research. Please credit the Local News Research Project for any use of these data sets.
For past research projects, local news stories were collected and coded by trained coders to provide information about the type of local news available in the Greater Toronto Area and the topics being covered by local media.
The 2008 data set includes local news items from The Toronto Star and Ming Pao Daily News (a Chinese-language newspaper) published between January 9th and August 12th, 2008, using constructed week sampling.
The 2011 data set includes local news items from The Toronto Star, Korea Times Daily (a local Korean newspaper), Canadian Punjabi Post (a local Punjabi newspaper), and Russian Express (a local Russian newspaper) published between January 4th and August 8th, 2011, using constructed week sampling. The data set also includes all stories published on OpenFile.ca (a Toronto local news website) between January 1st and August 31st, 2011.
The 2011 election data set includes news items pertaining to the 2011 Canadian federal election that were published in five ethnic newspapers local to the Greater Toronto Area. Election-related news items were coded for Korea Times Daily, Ming Pao, Canadian Punjabi Post, Punjabi Daily, and Russian Express between March 25, 2011, and May 4, 2011, using constructed week sampling. Data were collected for election-related stories, photos and advertisements.