How Yale talked about COVID-19
The words administrators and HOCs used to talk to students about the pandemic
As the semester comes to a close, the pandemic seems to be nearing its end too. Vaccines are going into people's arms, and a return to normal life is on the horizon.
Here, we take a look at how Yale's heads of college, or HOCs, and administrators talked to students about this defining moment in history. We gathered a collection of the emails they have sent since the start of the pandemic to analyze the words
Words on the left were used more frequently by HOCs, and those on the right were used more by administrators.
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About this project
This is a project of the Yale Daily News Data Desk, one of the newest desks that aims to bring data-driven journalism to the News.
The News gathered 48 emails sent by administrators and HOCs from each of the 14 colleges since the start of the pandemic. We analyzed these emails in R to identify common words and compare their usage. Email Leon Lufkin if you think we missed any!
You can find our scripts, code, and cleaned dataset on GitHub.
Credits to Jim Vallandingham's bubble chart guide.