media

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
News Comments: What Happens When They’re Gone or When Newsrooms Switch Platforms

News Comments: What Happens When They’re Gon...

October 21, 2020

We worked with 24 Gannett-owned newsrooms and Coral by Vox Media to engage in the most ambitious test to-date of what comment sections mean to news sites. Read More
Chicago Media Mapping

Chicago Media Mapping

August 20, 2020

In an analysis of local Chicago news coverage, the Center for Media Engagement found that the media mentioned Chicago’s North / Downtown region more frequently than the West and South…
Coronavirus Coverage: The Effects of Headlines and Images on Facebook

Coronavirus Coverage: The Effects of Headlines and...

August 13, 2020

Coronavirus news can be overwhelming. To determine if newsrooms can help counteract the fatigue, the Center for Media Engagement tested the effects of three types of headlines and two types…
Adding Humanizing Details to News Articles Produces Mixed Results

Adding Humanizing Details to News Articles Produce...

August 6, 2020

The Center for Media Engagement wanted to know whether adding humanizing details about people when reporting on controversial political issues could help bring readers together across lines of difference and…
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
Actors Playing Protestors in Real Life

Actors Playing Protestors in Real Life

March 19, 2020

What are the ethics of Bollywood celebrities joining popular protest movements--and the calls to "cancel" their careers? Read More
Changing Comments or Changing Minds?

Changing Comments or Changing Minds?

February 20, 2020

When a Pakistani newspaper uses an algorithm to change user comments to protest government censorship, what could go wrong? Read More
Testing Behind the Story Cards

Testing Behind the Story Cards

January 30, 2020

We explored whether the placement of the Behind the Story card on a news organization’s website affects readers’ recall of the card and trust in news. Read More
To Release or Not to Release

To Release or Not to Release

January 22, 2020

What are the ethics of films that portray political assassinations in India? Read More
What People Want to Know About the News

What People Want to Know About the News

October 31, 2019

Knowing what readers want out of a story – or what they think newsrooms often fail to address – provides an opportunity to increase trust. 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…
Moderating Uncivil Comments Hurts Trust In News

Moderating Uncivil Comments Hurts Trust In News

July 18, 2019

The Center for Media Engagement’s previous research showed that uncivil comments can taint the perception of a news site. Now, we look at how those comments affect the moderators of…
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…
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
Attacks in the Comment Sections: What It Means for News Sites

Attacks in the Comment Sections: What It Means for...

January 24, 2019

In a new study, the Center for Media Engagement looked at how uncivil comments affect perceptions of a news site and ways journalists can address the problem. Read More
The Ethics of Media Criticism

The Ethics of Media Criticism

May 2, 2018

What are the ethics of media criticism in turbulent political times? Read More
Dying to Be Online

Dying to Be Online

April 12, 2018

What could go wrong when you die on Facebook? 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
A Progress Report: Media Engagement Through Theater

A Progress Report: Media Engagement Through Theate...

February 14, 2018

In partnership with The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), we are analyzing how attitudes change based on seeing a play. This is a progress report on our first effort. (photo:…
Media Criticism in Turbulent Times

Media Criticism in Turbulent Times

February 14, 2018

April 25, 2018: What is the role of media criticism in our turbulent political times? 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
Chicago News Landscape

Chicago News Landscape

January 10, 2018

The Center for Media Engagement partnered with a local news organization, City Bureau, to explore attitudes towards, and preferences for, Chicago news media. Read More
Dr. Scott Stroud on the Media Ethics Initiative

Dr. Scott Stroud on the Media Ethics Initiative

December 4, 2017

The Media Ethics Initiative examines the choices, consequences, and values involved in our communicative activities. Read More
The Ethics of Climate Communication

The Ethics of Climate Communication

November 7, 2017

An interview with Dr. Jean Goodwin about science communication, rhetoric, and ethics. Read More
Philosopher Discusses New Media’s Threat to Democracy

Philosopher Discusses New Media’s Threat to ...

November 3, 2017

[ARTICLE] Gregory Pappas discusses how new media inhibits deeper learning and threatens the health of democracy. 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
Media, Democracy, and Education

Media, Democracy, and Education

September 26, 2017

October 26, 2017: How do new media technologies affect our democracy and educational efforts? Read More