CME Makes List of Top Digital News Research of 2015

The Center for Media Engagement is featured twice in Nieman Lab’s list of top 10 digital news research articles of 2015.

For the list, a range of scholars, digital gurus and journalists across the county were polled on what they thought was the best research of the year in the digital news and social media fields. The list was put together by John Wihbey, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University.

CME was first mentioned for our report on homepage design. We found a significant increase in page views when people browse a news website with a contemporary design compared to a website with a classic design. We also found that people learned more from articles that were on a contemporary site. Click here to view the full report.

Our second mention was for our academic journal article on journalists’ involvement in comment sections. We found that the chances of an uncivil comment decreased by 15 percent when a journalist interacted in the comments. Click here to read the journal article; you can also view a summary of our findings on our website.

On our comment section article, Wihbey wrote, “The research is part of the Center for Media Engagement’s important ongoing investigation of comment threads and the effects of journalistic engagement on civics and democracy.”