I remember the old days of media monitoring (notice I did not say the good old days) when sentiment was measured through press clippings.
As archaic as it seems today, one of my jobs as an undergraduate college intern was sorting and measuring the monthly press clips that were delivered in a large envelope from the university’s clipping service. I would measure the column inches and decide if the story was positive, negative or neutral. I added up the column inches by sentiment to provide the director with a “sentiment analysis” on the coverage of each story.
Today, companies have expanded their monitoring to online conversations and replaced those interns with sophisticated media monitoring and analysis tools. Read more