About Us

The Center for Media Engagement envisions a vibrant American news media that more effectively empowers the public to understand, appreciate, and participate in the democratic exchange of ideas.

We work to accomplish this goal by testing web-based strategies for informing audiences, promoting substantive discourse, and helping citizens to understand diverse views. At the same time, we analyze business outcomes, such as clicks and time on page. Systematic testing provides valuable information about what works, and what doesn’t. And by advancing both journalistic and business goals, the techniques are designed with contemporary newsrooms in mind.

The Center for Media Engagement has been made possible thanks, in part, to the contributions of former student researchers and staff: Alishan Alibahi, Alexis Alizor, Brett Bowlin, Arielle Cardona, Julia Farrell, Cameron Lang, Shannon McGregor, Katie Steiner, Taylor Villarreal, and Brooke Lynn Decker.

The Center for Media Engagement is part of the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin.


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