Website Redesign

Redesigning a website’s homepage could improve page views and time on page, according to a CME study that was conducted in conjunction with the launch of two news organizations’ redesigned homepages.

A Survey of Snapchat Users: Media, Politics, & the 2016 Election

In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, we surveyed Snapchat users about their use of the app, specifically for news and politics.

Engaging News about Congress: Report from a News Engagement Workshop

The Center for Media Engagement partnered with the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon partnered to host a regional news engagement workshop focused on engagement and political coverage.

General Election News Coverage: What Engages Audiences Down the Ballot

In the run-up to the 2016 general election, local news outlets focused less and less on coverage of issues, with coverage of corruption and scandal receiving more page views and social referrals.

Comment Section Survey Across 20 News Sites

We partnered with 20 U.S.-based news organizations to conduct one of the largest-ever surveys of online news commenters.

Social Media Summit

CME recently hosted their first Social Media Summit, a day-long gathering to discuss experiences, benefits, and challenges of using social media.

Mobile News Notifications

People who receive mobile news notifications more frequently visit the corresponding news applications.

Primary Election Coverage: What Types of News Engage Audiences

Do audiences engage more with news coverage of campaign strategy or issues?

How One Community Responded to Solutions Journalism

In response to a newspaper series on the issue of poverty, the public tweeted more about poverty. The discussion, however, lasted only a short period.

Journalists and Online Comments

By interviewing working journalists, we learned that they do read the comments and respond to commenters.

Survey of News Editors and Directors

Our survey of news editors and directors offers a glimpse at current newsroom practices.

Investigating the Influence of “Clickbait” News Headlines

We tested whether headlines written using varying levels of uncertainty prompt different reactions.

A Digital News Snapshot: An Analysis of 25 of the Top Sites Across Platforms

As news habits change, it’s important to understand what is available for news audiences across various platforms.

10 Things We Learned by Analyzing 9 Million Comments from The New York Times

This report describes what we learned from analyzing 9,616,211 comments people posted to The New York Times website.

News Tools Workshop

For our latest workshop, participants shared their experiences with using tools and brainstormed new tools

Solutions Headlines

Solutions-oriented headlines yield a modest increase in clicks over non-solutions headlines, but other factors may also affect clicks.

Solutions Journalism & News Engagement

There are benefits to newsrooms using solutions-based journalism, but it is not a cure-all for audience engagement.

Survey of Commenters and Comment Readers

We describe the demographic makeup, attitudes, and behaviors of the people who comprise the online commenting world.

Contemporary vs. Classic Design

There is a significant increase in page views and learning from articles when people browse a news website with a contemporary design compared to one with a classic, newsprint-style layout.

Background Information & Facts

People are more willing to get involved in political discussion when they’re provided with background information containing pro and con arguments.

How We Use Online Spaces

Through six focus groups, we learned that people prefer in-person discussions about politics rather than those that take place online, and are concerned that political discussion might lead to conflict.

Restructuring Comment Sections

There are several benefits – and limits – to using a three-column comment section as opposed to using a traditional one-column section.

News Engagement Workshop – Princeton

For its second News Engagement Workshop, the Center for Media Engagement brought together 11 digital news leaders to share ideas for improving online news.

New Approaches to Comment Moderation

For three months, we attempted to code for incivility within online news comments in new ways. In this progress report, we share thoughts on what worked, what didn’t, and what research can be done next.

Journalist Involvement in Comment Sections

Uncivil comments decreased when a journalist interacted with online commenters.

Improving Civil Discourse

We have partnered with the National Institute for Civil Discourse to research how to improve online discourse. We began by reviewing academic research on creating civil online spaces. In the coming months, we will conduct a series of focus groups to understand people’s thoughts about discussing politics online.

Solutions Journalism

We found that solutions-based reporting may be an effective journalistic tool that serves the needs of both audiences and news organizations, and that it has the potential to increase reader engagement.

News Engagement Workshop – Austin

Ten digital news innovators came together to visit about current practices and future possibilities at the Center for Media Engagement’s first News Engagement Workshop.

Analysis of News Sites

We examined 155 U.S. newspaper and television news websites to understand how they were using social media buttons, comment sections, online polls, lists of hyperlinks, and mobile version.

Hyperlinks

Can hyperlinks be presented on a page in a way that prompts additional news use, as opposed to entertainment stories? And can hyperlinks be presented on a page in ways that encourage visitors to view editorial content from different political perspectives?

Online Polls vs. Quizzes

Although polls can be engaging for site visitors, there are downsides. Quizzes help news audiences learn more in a fun and engaging way.

Engagement Buttons

What if, instead of clicking a “Like” button, one could click “Respect”?