journalism

News Distrust Among Black Americans is a Fixable Problem

News Distrust Among Black Americans is a Fixable P...

November 18, 2020

The Center for Media Engagement asked Black Americans how news organizations can better cover their communities to help bridge the divide between them and the media. Read More
Want to Inform People About Registering to Vote? Keep It Simple

Want to Inform People About Registering to Vote? K...

October 1, 2020

The Center for Media Engagement teamed up with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life to examine how news organizations can best communicate information about how to register to vote.…
Picturing Justice for Kalief Browder

Picturing Justice for Kalief Browder

August 17, 2020

What ethical worries accompany Jay-Z's attempt to document injustices in the American prison system? Read More
Gaining Trust in TV News

Gaining Trust in TV News

June 30, 2020

The Center for Media Engagement examined how TV news stations can increase trust by including certain elements in a story. Read More
Pandemic Prime Time for the Cuomo Brothers

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
Covering Coronavirus: How Audience Needs are Changing and How Newsroom Coverage Compares

Covering Coronavirus: How Audience Needs are Chang...

May 26, 2020

The Center for Media Engagement took a snapshot of local news’ Facebook posts and public perceptions of local coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and compared it with coverage and public…
Covering Coronavirus: A Snapshot of the Information People Want and What Local Newsrooms are Reporting

Covering Coronavirus: A Snapshot of the Informatio...

April 1, 2020

The Center for Media Engagement took a snapshot of the stories local newspaper and broadcast news outlets posted to Facebook on March 23, 2020. On the same day, we launched…
Dramatization or Falsification?

Dramatization or Falsification?

February 17, 2020

How far can films about journalists push the truth for dramatic effects? Read More
Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

February 5, 2020

What are the ethical challenges when journalism and cancel culture merge? Read More
The Ethics of Anonymous Criticism in Political Journalism

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
Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

November 12, 2019

When online activists vow to make a villain famous, what could go wrong? Read More
Matters of Facebook Live or Death

Matters of Facebook Live or Death

November 12, 2019

What are the ethical worries over Facebook Live and immediate internet broadcasting? Read More
No Comment

No Comment

November 12, 2019

What are the ethical issues involved in closing news website comment sections in a democracy? Read More
Virtual Reality, Immersive Media, and Journalism

Virtual Reality, Immersive Media, and Journalism

November 12, 2019

What are the ethics of using virtual reality in real journalism? Read More
Story Labels Alone Don’t Increase Trust

Story Labels Alone Don’t Increase Trust

October 3, 2019

The Center for Media Engagement wanted to find out if labeling news stories (using labels such as news, analysis, opinion, or sponsored content) increases trust. Read More
The Keys to Powerful Solutions Journalism

The Keys to Powerful Solutions Journalism

August 22, 2019

  Solutions journalism offers comprehensive coverage of an issue by proposing solutions rather than just focusing on the problem. The Center for Media Engagement set out to determine how certain…
Clickbait Content May Not Be Click-worthy

Clickbait Content May Not Be Click-worthy

May 16, 2019

In today’s highly competitive digital environment, it can be tempting to turn to clickbait news. But covering news that emphasizes outrageous behavior by political leaders might actually backfire. Read More
Journalism Through Theater: How An Art Form Can Inform

Journalism Through Theater: How An Art Form Can In...

March 26, 2019

In our latest research, the Center for Media Engagement (CME) partnered with The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and StoryWorks to examine how theater and journalism can be combined to…
And Nothing But the Truth

And Nothing But the Truth

March 1, 2019

How can reporters balance accuracy and good effects in their reporting on war-torn African communities? Read More
Building Trust: What Works for News Organizations

Building Trust: What Works for News Organizations

February 26, 2019

The Center for Media Engagement’s new study aims to help news organizations build trust with their audiences. Read More
Entertaining Endorsements in Sports Journalism

Entertaining Endorsements in Sports Journalism

December 28, 2018

What conflicts arise when sports journalists also get endorsement deals? Read More
Sacking Social Media in College Sports

Sacking Social Media in College Sports

December 27, 2018

Should college athletes be limited in their use of social media? Read More
Defending Freedom of Tweets?

Defending Freedom of Tweets?

December 21, 2018

What are the ethical challenges that arise when professional athletes share their views on social media? Read More
The Wild West of Sports Journalism?

The Wild West of Sports Journalism?

December 20, 2018

Do the ethics of sports blogs differ from mainstream journalism, especially when covering sexual scandals? Read More
Does the Photo Fit the News?

Does the Photo Fit the News?

December 11, 2018

What happens when a powerful image becomes the face of the immigration debate? Read More
Covering Female Athletes

Covering Female Athletes

November 30, 2018

What ethical choices are made in how female athletes are portrayed in sports media? Read More
Disrupting Journalism Ethics

Disrupting Journalism Ethics

November 14, 2018

What ethical challenges confront the public relations practitioner? Read More
Disrupting Journalism Ethics

Disrupting Journalism Ethics

September 13, 2018

November 5, 2018: Can journalism ethics be revised to meet the new challenges to democracy? Read More
News Awareness in Fresno, Kansas City, and Macon

News Awareness in Fresno, Kansas City, and Macon

August 24, 2018

Our researchers surveyed 4,584 people in three U.S. news markets and found that people generally read national news more, but they perceived local news somewhat more favorably. Nearly 90% felt…
When Comedic Stereotypes Cease to Be Funny

When Comedic Stereotypes Cease to Be Funny

July 8, 2018

Do humorous - but stereotypical - characters like Apu from "The Simpsons" cross ethical lines? Read More
Doxing and Digital Journalism

Doxing and Digital Journalism

July 6, 2018

When can journalists reveal the identity of controversial social media users? Read More
Collateral Damage to the Truth

Collateral Damage to the Truth

April 27, 2018

What conflicts arise when journalists want transparency on drone deaths? Read More
Swipe Right to Expose

Swipe Right to Expose

April 24, 2018

What could go wrong with an investigative journalist covering the sordid side of the Rio Olympics? Read More
Media Ethics and Virtual Reality

Media Ethics and Virtual Reality

April 18, 2018

What ethical issues are raised by the use of virtual reality in journalism? Read More
Women Journalists and Online Harassment

Women Journalists and Online Harassment

April 10, 2018

After interviewing 75 female professional journalists, researchers found that online harassment is a pressing issue that requires immediate attention. Read More
Sharing the Pain

Sharing the Pain

March 30, 2018

What ethical issues does the rapid sharing of information in emergencies raise? Read More
The Real Ethics of Fake News

The Real Ethics of Fake News

March 20, 2018

Dr. Scott Stroud (UT Austin) explores the complex ethics of fake news. Read More
News Media and Democracy

News Media and Democracy

March 12, 2018

Dr. Talia Stroud (UT Austin) discusses how to engage newsrooms in the digital age. Read More
Virtual Reality and Media Ethics

Virtual Reality and Media Ethics

January 26, 2018

April 10, 2018: What does virtual reality mean for digital ethics and journalism? Read More
News Media and Democracy

News Media and Democracy

January 23, 2018

February 22, 2018: Can the news media save democracy? Can scholars save the news media? Read More
Anthems and Activism in the NFL

Anthems and Activism in the NFL

October 3, 2017

October 11, 2017: What are the ethics of the NFL anthem protests and the media coverage of them? Read More
Stressing Ethics in an Unfiltered Age

Stressing Ethics in an Unfiltered Age

March 3, 2017

It is more important than ever for members of the media to stay ethical and informed, according to Mary Bock, associate professor of in the School of Journalism, during a…