U.S. and Canada Team – Starter Kit

This starter kit consists of an "area of focus" report (if it exists) prepared by a member of the WE1S C-Hackers team during academic year 2017-18, initial high-priority sources to collect suggested by the C-Hackers, and suggestions for initial research questions to address. For the session during Orientation Day 2 at our summer camp, each AM team should treat these starting-kit materials as initial suggestion, and then revise, fine-tune, or simplify them to create:
    • An initial collection queue of sources (can be organized as "stage 1" for immediate collection, and future stages for next to be collected)
    • An initial research question or two that the first set of collected materials can help answer--especially questions that can help guide future stages of collection (e.g., "Do we need to collect on the phrase 'liberal arts' in addition to 'humanities'?")
Other useful reference sources: Shared Google Drive folder Template for queuing requests:
keywords string :
source and or publication :
begin date :
end date :
(optional) any comments :

WE1S Workflow System Links

Shared Google Drive

Team Number: 1

U.S. and Canada team (national, regional, and local newspapers)


  • UCSB
    • Selin Karabulut
    • Kajsa Niehusen
    • Sean Gilleran
    • Dan Baciu
    • Alanna Bartolini
  • CSUN
    • Joyce Brummet
    • Katie Wolf
    • Colleen Tripp

Area of Focus Report (prepared by WE1S C-Hackers Group in 2017-18)

  • Area of Focus report (by Annie Schmalstig): “Canadian News Sources”
  • There is no pre-existing “area of focus” report for U.S. news sources. One outcome of the summer’s work might be the generation of such a report (using the template for area of focus reports).

Initial Collection Plan Suggestion (prepared by WE1S C-Hackers Group in 2017-18)

  • Stage 1
    • U.S. national newspapers
      • Los Angeles Times
      • New York Times
      • Washington Post
      • Wall Street Journal
      • USA Today
    • [Canadian newspapers TBD]
    • Collect articles for “humanities”
      • 2017
      • 1997 (or another year chosen to represent an earlier era digitization of news sources)
    • Collect articles for “liberal arts”
  • Stage 2
    • State or regional newspapers
    • Local newspapers (from Jamal Russell: “Decided to take a quick look at this section as well, since I did the initial review of our local newspaper holdings a few months back and added most of the newer local sources afterward. Rather than try to determine representativeness by looking at individual sources, I determined it through reference to four criteria: population, circulation, region, and conglomerate. The ten sources listed below were selected to represent diversity within those criteria, with the hope that it will translate into a diversity of perspectives across all of those criteria. Also, while almost all of our local sources are available in at least one of our databases, I attempted to select those that are available in either NexisUni or ProQuest. While Access World News/NewsBank is our best source for finding local news, the text is not exportable [last I checked], so I wanted to make sure we could get articles from these sources just in case we don’t devise a workflow for scraping text from the Access World News site”)
      • The Argus (Fremont)/The East Bay Times (The East Bay Times is the name you would search for in NexisUni, and is the successor to the older Argus publication)
      • Arizona Daily Sun
      • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
      • Delaware State News
      • Dayton Daily News
      • Secondary Picks:
        • Augusta Chronicle
        • The Frederick News-Post
        • The Bakersfield Californian
        • Athens Banner-Herald
        • The Business Press
        • Local news chains
    • News Services (newswires)
      • AP

Initial Research Questions  (suggestions)

  • Should we collected on “liberal arts” in addition to “humanities”?
  • Should we increase or decrease the number of regional or local newspapers in our corpus?
  • How do we deal with news services like AP?
  • How do we deal with newspaper chains under the control of one company or conglomerate?