connective democracy

A Better Way to Tell Protest Stories

October 28, 2021

Protest coverage often casts protesters and their causes in a negative light, particularly when covering underrepresented groups. To help journalists frame stories in ways that do not harm these groups,…
A Better Way to Tell Protest Stories

How Local Newsrooms Can Better Connect with Conser...

August 16, 2021

The Center for Media Engagement partnered with Trusting News and 27 local newsrooms to investigate how news organizations can help bridge the divide between the media and American conservative and…
How Local Newsrooms Can Better Connect with Conservative and Right-Leaning Audiences

Communicating Science Across Political Divides

August 4, 2021

The Center for Media Engagement asked U.S. citizens about their expectations related to how scientists communicate with them. Read More
Communicating Science Across Political Divides

How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audienc...

July 7, 2021

The Center for Media Engagement partnered with the Dallas Free Press to explore how Dallas residents perceive local media and how they think that media can better serve their communities.…
How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audiences
contentious issues

What Americans Know and Don’t Know about Con...

May 20, 2021

We asked adults about a range of hot-button issues to find out how much the American public knows about contentious political issues. Read More
What Americans Know and Don’t Know about Contentious Issues

What Americans Know and Don’t Know about Fac...

March 3, 2021

The Center for Media Engagement asked American adults to answer questions about how platforms like Facebook and Google operate. The answers we received revealed important gaps in what the American…
What Americans Know and Don’t Know about Facebook and Google

Overdoing Democracy: The Problem of Political Pola...

March 3, 2021

Robert Talisse draws from current findings regarding political polarization to argue that, as important a social good as democracy is, it is nonetheless possible for citizens to overdo it. Read More
Overdoing Democracy: The Problem of Political Polarization

The Ethics of News Paywalls

February 15, 2021

Are news paywalls good for journalism and democracy? Read More
The Ethics of News Paywalls

Newsroom Objectivity in the Age of Black Lives Mat...

January 20, 2021

What does objective reporting mean in covering the Black Lives Matter protests? Read More
Newsroom Objectivity in the Age of Black Lives Matter

The Ethics of Op-Eds

December 29, 2020

Should newspapers run controversial or offensive op-ed pieces? Read More
The Ethics of Op-Eds

The News We Desire

December 27, 2020

Are partisan news outlets good for our democracy? Read More
The News We Desire

Greed or Good Intentions in Investigative Journali...

December 21, 2020

Did Bob Woodward do something wrong in delaying the release of his investigative research on Trump and COVID-19? Read More
Greed or Good Intentions in Investigative Journalism?

Who’s Helping Who in the Game of Lobbying?

October 27, 2020

What are the ethical risks and rewards of political lobbying? Read More
Who’s Helping Who in the Game of Lobbying?

TikTok, Time to Snitch

October 21, 2020

Is it ethical to use TikTok to shame fellow college students who violate COVID-19 guidelines? Read More
TikTok, Time to Snitch

Quelling Interference or Dissent?

October 20, 2020

Did Tumblr's purge of Russian misinformation accounts go too far? Read More
Quelling Interference or Dissent?

Putting the President in Check

October 13, 2020

Is Twitter's decision to add a factcheck to Trump's voter fraud tweet a good thing? Read More
Putting the President in Check

Celebrity Death in the Media

October 5, 2020

What challenges arise when the media covers dead celebrities who were both loved and hated? Read More
Celebrity Death in the Media

Setting the Terms of the Debate

October 1, 2020

What ethical trade-offs accompany different ways of framing advocacy campaigns in political communication? Read More
Setting the Terms of the Debate

The Ethics of Word Choice

September 28, 2020

Is ambiguity and creative wordplay ethical in political communication? Read More
The Ethics of Word Choice

Freedom Of Skepticism and the Social Responsibilit...

September 17, 2020

How much skepticism of experts is ethical for powerful leaders during a pandemic? Read More
Freedom Of Skepticism and the Social Responsibility of the Powerful

Being Compassionate with Yourself May Help Bridge ...

September 17, 2020

Being able to form relationships with people you disagree with or viewing them with compassion is not easy. In this study, the Center for Media Engagement wanted to find out…
Being Compassionate with Yourself May Help Bridge Political Divides

Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech

September 14, 2020

When the gaming platform Twitch wants to police the speech of its users, what could go wrong? Read More
Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech

Angry for Change

September 8, 2020

Is anger - and angry political rhetoric - good for democracy? Read More
Angry for Change

Political Speech or Legalized Bribery?

September 1, 2020

Lobbying may be legal in politics, but is it ethical? Read More
Political Speech or Legalized Bribery?

Finding Common Ground: Habits that May Help

August 30, 2020

As politics continue to push Americans further apart, it can be difficult to find common ground. The Center for Media Engagement wanted to see what habits are common in people…
Finding Common Ground: Habits that May Help

Blurring the Line Between Reporting the Truth and ...

August 25, 2020

Should journalists show the faces of protesters in news coverage? Read More
Blurring the Line Between Reporting the Truth and Minimizing Harm

Campaign Promises and Vague Rhetoric

August 12, 2020

What are the ethical uses and abuses when it comes to using ambiguity in political communication? Read More
Campaign Promises and Vague Rhetoric

The Paradox of Pathos

August 1, 2020

What are the ethical promises and perils of using emotional messages in politics? Read More
The Paradox of Pathos
People Who Disagree with You Politically

How to Talk to People Who Disagree with You Politi...

July 30, 2020

How can you communicate with people you disagree with politically? This report reveals five strategies you can use. Read More
How to Talk to People Who Disagree with You Politically

Objectivity in Journalism

July 28, 2020

What are the challenges of objectivity in journalism? Read More
Objectivity in Journalism

Ghosting the People?

July 13, 2020

Is using a ghostwriter in presidential communication ethical? Read More
Ghosting the People?

Whose Image is It to Use?

July 9, 2020

What ethical choices lie behind the use of images for advocacy campaigns? Read More
Whose Image is It to Use?

Doxing in the Name of Public Health

July 6, 2020

Is it ethical to name and shame those that violate travel precautions in the COVID-19 pandemic? Read More
Doxing in the Name of Public Health

Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire?

June 22, 2020

What are the ethics of using counterspeech to fight online harassment? Read More
Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire?

Pandemic Prime Time for the Cuomo Brothers

May 26, 2020

What ethical concerns arise with the brotherly interactions between Governor Cuomo and journalist Cuomo? Read More
Pandemic Prime Time for the Cuomo Brothers

Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overloa...

May 21, 2020

What are the ethics of Facebook allowing potentially misleading political ads? Read More
Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overload

Campaigning for Your Enemies

May 7, 2020

Is it ethical to campaign for opponents you know you can beat? Read More
Campaigning for Your Enemies

Producing Fear for the Greater Good?

May 4, 2020

How much complexity can we overlook in persuading young adults to fight COVID-19? Read More
Producing Fear for the Greater Good?

Can Artificial Intelligence Reprogram the Newsroom...

April 27, 2020

As artificial intelligence plays an increasing role in newsrooms, what ethical issues arise? Read More
Can Artificial Intelligence Reprogram the Newsroom?

Images of Death in the Media

April 2, 2020

What ethical challenges arise when the media uses images of the dead? Read More
Images of Death in the Media

Misinformation, Social Media, and the Price of Pol...

March 25, 2020

Is banning paid political advertising on social media good for democracy? Read More
Misinformation, Social Media, and the Price of Political Persuasion

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

February 5, 2020

What are the ethical challenges when journalism and cancel culture merge? Read More
Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

How Vigilant Should Cable News Be About Political ...

February 3, 2020

What are the ethical implications of CNN refusing to air Trump's misleading advertisements? Read More
How Vigilant Should Cable News Be About Political Messages?

Greta Thunberg and Her Harsh Critics

January 30, 2020

What are the ethics of criticizing young political activists like Greta Thunberg? Read More
Greta Thunberg and Her Harsh Critics

The Ethics of Anonymous Criticism in Political Jou...

January 22, 2020

What are the ethical implications of using anonymous political sources in journalism? Read More
The Ethics of Anonymous Criticism in Political Journalism

Secret Facebook Groups and the Ethics of Democracy

November 18, 2019

People are turning to secret Facebook groups to express their political opinions. What are the ethical implications of this trend for democracy? Read More
Secret Facebook Groups and the Ethics of Democracy