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Searching for news: The Flint water crisis

This Pew Research Center study Google search data from local and regional audiences in the context of a specific real world event: the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich. The goals of the study were to “begin exploring what aggregated search behavior can tell us about how news spreads in our increasingly fractured information environment, as well as about how the public’s focus shifts over the course of a developing news story.”

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