Research

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.
Journalism
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 components…
Journalism
Research Shows How to Advance Public Understanding of Science

Research Shows How to Advance Public Understanding...

August 6, 2019

Originally published by the Rita Allen Foundation. In a time marked by scientific discovery and technological advancement, a new report identifies a promising area for greater investment by science…
Science Communication
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…
Journalism
Survey examines scientists’ attitudes toward public engagement

Survey examines scientists’ attitudes toward publi...

June 25, 2019

Originally published by Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Many U.S. scientists say they are eager to share their work with the public, but feel ill-equipped…
Science Communication
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.
Journalism
Matters of Facebook Live or Death

Matters of Facebook Live or Death

May 6, 2019

What are the ethical worries over Facebook Live and immediate internet broadcasting?
Media Ethics
Weather Media in the Public Sphere

Weather Media in the Public Sphere

May 2, 2019

What are the implications of our communication about weather for our democratic public sphere?
Media Ethics
Green is the New Color of Money

Green is the New Color of Money

April 30, 2019

What are the ethical concerns with "greenwashing" in advertisements to sell products?
Media Ethics
Race, Democracy, and Media

Race, Democracy, and Media

April 16, 2019

How does America's struggle with current and past oppression intersect with media practices?
Media Ethics
Limiting or Lifesaving?

Limiting or Lifesaving?

April 9, 2019

Are there any ethical problems with banning anti-vaccination content from social media platforms?
Media Ethics
Halloween Hijinks and Internet Shaming

Halloween Hijinks and Internet Shaming

April 3, 2019

What ethical decisions await those dressing up for Halloween--and those reacting to racially insensitive costumes?
Media Ethics
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 create a powerful message.
Journalism
Netflix and Kill

Netflix and Kill

March 14, 2019

What are the ethics of portraying heinous criminals in popular films?
Media Ethics
Race, Democracy, and Media

Race, Democracy, and Media

March 6, 2019

April 9, 2019: How does America's struggle with current and past oppression intersect with media practices?
Media Ethics
Advertising Ethics and Social Issues

Advertising Ethics and Social Issues

March 5, 2019

Gillette walks the razor's edge in using the battle against toxic masculinity in their recent ad campaign.
Media Ethics
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?
Media Ethics
Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

February 27, 2019

When online activists vow to make a villain famous, what could go wrong?
Media Ethics
The Ethical Study of Digital Fan Culture

The Ethical Study of Digital Fan Culture

February 26, 2019

March 26, 2019: What ethical challenges arise in researching digital fan culture?
Media Ethics
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.
Journalism
The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

February 13, 2019

What ethical concerns arise when filmmakers use CGI to resurrect dead actors?
Media Ethics
Media Freedom and the Middle East

Media Freedom and the Middle East

February 6, 2019

February 19, 2019: How do you create media freedom in the Middle East?
Media Ethics
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.
Journalism
When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitation of Children?

When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitat...

January 22, 2019

What ethical concerns arise when a prominent photographic artist uses her children in her work?
Media Ethics
“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

January 14, 2019

When does the creation and sharing of internet memes go too far?
Media Ethics
Entertaining Endorsements in Sports Journalism

Entertaining Endorsements in Sports Journalism

December 28, 2018

What conflicts arise when sports journalists also get endorsement deals?
Media Ethics
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?
Media Ethics
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?
Media Ethics
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?
Media Ethics
Just Do It?

Just Do It?

December 12, 2018

Did Nike do too much in their use of Colin Kaepernick and others in their recent advertising campaign?
Media Ethics
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?
Media Ethics
Digital Immortality on an App

Digital Immortality on an App

December 10, 2018

When AI chatbots let us talk with the dead, what ethical issues might haunt us?
Media Ethics
Is It Only A Game?

Is It Only A Game?

December 6, 2018

First-person shooter video games are popular. But are they ethical to enjoy?
Media Ethics
“Some of My Best Friends are Internet Vigilantes”

“Some of My Best Friends are Internet Vigilantes”

December 5, 2018

What are the ethical issues that arise with naming and shaming racists online?
Media Ethics
How Can I Be So Mean to Myself?

How Can I Be So Mean to Myself?

December 4, 2018

What are the ethical concerns with the new phenomena of digital self-harm?
Media Ethics
Side Effects May Include Persuasion

Side Effects May Include Persuasion

December 3, 2018

What ethical concerns are raised by direct-to-consumer advertising for pharmaceutical products?
Media Ethics
Covering Female Athletes

Covering Female Athletes

November 30, 2018

What ethical choices are made in how female athletes are portrayed in sports media?
Media Ethics
Don’t “Like” My Children

Don’t “Like” My Children

November 28, 2018

What could go wrong when parents share information about their children online?
Media Ethics
When Actors Become Characters

When Actors Become Characters

November 26, 2018

What are the ethics of fictional works created by fans that involve real people as characters?
Media Ethics
Filtering Out Cyberbullying

Filtering Out Cyberbullying

November 23, 2018

What are the ethical issues raised by Instagram's efforts to filter out cyberbullying?
Media Ethics
How the Public, News Sources, and Journalists Think about News in Three Communities

How the Public, News Sources, and Journalists Thi...

November 16, 2018

This research project was led by the News Co/Lab at Arizona State University in collaboration with the Center for Media Engagement at The University of…
Journalism
To Catfish or Not to Catfish?

To Catfish or Not to Catfish?

November 15, 2018

What are the ethical problems with "catfishing" online?
Media Ethics
Disrupting Journalism Ethics

Disrupting Journalism Ethics

November 14, 2018

What ethical challenges confront the public relations practitioner?
Media Ethics
Ethics in Public Relations

Ethics in Public Relations

November 14, 2018

What ethical challenges confront the public relations practitioner?
Media Ethics
Making Strangers Less Strange

Making Strangers Less Strange

November 14, 2018

In the aftermath of the 2018 midterm elections, it is clear that our country is divided. This report reviews best practices from academics and journalists on how to bring diverse groups together.
Journalism
Values Preserved in Stone

Values Preserved in Stone

November 7, 2018

What are the ethical issues surrounding Confederate memorials?
Media Ethics
Gaming the System?

Gaming the System?

November 4, 2018

What are the ethical problems with cheating in Fortnite?
Media Ethics
Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

October 31, 2018

When does fan fiction cross the line from inspired creativity to unethical stealing?
Media Ethics
How to Use Case Studies in Class

How to Use Case Studies in Class

October 28, 2018

Case studies are a common way of introducing or reinforcing themes in applied ethics classes, including those on sports and the media.
Media Ethics
Is Incivility Ever Ethical?

Is Incivility Ever Ethical?

October 25, 2018

Must we always be civil in our protests and activism?
Media Ethics
Media Ethics and Mobile Devices

Media Ethics and Mobile Devices

October 4, 2018

What ethical issues arise when we ask employees to use their own mobile devices?
Media Ethics
Using Links to Keep Readers on News Sites

Using Links to Keep Readers on News Sites

September 26, 2018

Our research finds that audiences are more likely to click on links that use images in their layout, appear at the end of a page and reflect related content
Journalism
AI and Online Hate Speech

AI and Online Hate Speech

September 25, 2018

Can AI save us from online hate speech? Or will it learn our worst traits?
Media Ethics
Google Assistant and the Ethics of AI

Google Assistant and the Ethics of AI

September 24, 2018

What ethical issues arise when realistic-sounding AI is used in human interactions?
Media Ethics
Disrupting Journalism Ethics

Disrupting Journalism Ethics

September 13, 2018

November 5, 2018: Can journalism ethics be revised to meet the new challenges to democracy?
Media Ethics
Is Incivility Ever Ethical?

Is Incivility Ever Ethical?

September 12, 2018

October 16, 2018: Is it ever ethical to not be civil in communicating with others?
Media Ethics
Ethics in Public Relations

Ethics in Public Relations

September 12, 2018

October 30, 2018: What ethical choices face the public relations professional?
Media Ethics
Moral Psychology and Media

Moral Psychology and Media

September 12, 2018

September 19, 2018: What can psychology tell us about media ethics?
Media Ethics
Media Ethics and Mobile Devices

Media Ethics and Mobile Devices

September 12, 2018

September 25, 2018: What ethical issues are raised by cell phones at work?
Media Ethics
Subscription Messages

Subscription Messages

September 5, 2018

With funding from the American Press Institute, CME researchers tested different engagement methods aimed at prompting new subscribers in three different newsrooms.
Journalism
No Comment

No Comment

September 4, 2018

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

Virtual Reality, Immersive Media, and Journalism

August 28, 2018

What are the ethics of using virtual reality in real journalism?
Media Ethics
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 at least somewhat confident they could spot "fake news," but less than three-quarters of the people could correctly select fake headlines.
Journalism
Why We Really Need to Stop Saying Fake News

Why We Really Need to Stop Saying Fake News

August 23, 2018

Exposure to the phrase “fake news” might matter more than exposure to fake news itself.
Journalism
Sweet Justice?

Sweet Justice?

July 25, 2018

Did Pepsi go too far in its use of protest iconography to sell its product?
Media Ethics
#MeToo and the Arts

#MeToo and the Arts

July 18, 2018

What happens when the #MeToo movement meets the artworld?
Media Ethics
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?
Media Ethics
Doxing and Digital Journalism

Doxing and Digital Journalism

July 6, 2018

When can journalists reveal the identity of controversial social media users?
Media Ethics
Political Coverage on Facebook

Political Coverage on Facebook

June 28, 2018

With the help of a national newsroom, we conducted 118 experiments on Facebook to test the success of different headlines, images, and status updates on Facebook.
Journalism
First, Do No Harm?

First, Do No Harm?

May 7, 2018

What ethical issues arise when balancing doctor-patient confidentiality and the protection of third parties?
Media Ethics
The Ethics of Media Criticism

The Ethics of Media Criticism

May 2, 2018

What are the ethics of media criticism in turbulent political times?
Media Ethics
Finsta Fad

Finsta Fad

April 30, 2018

What are the real ethical issues raised by fake Instagram accounts?
Media Ethics
Collateral Damage to the Truth

Collateral Damage to the Truth

April 27, 2018

What conflicts arise when journalists want transparency on drone deaths?
Media Ethics
Swipe Right to Expose

Swipe Right to Expose

April 26, 2018

What happens when journalism meets dating apps at the Rio Olympics?
Media Ethics
What Exactly is Revenge Porn or Nonconsensual Pornography?

What Exactly is Revenge Porn or Nonconsensual Porn...

April 20, 2018

[ARTICLE]: Is revenge porn really simple to identify and legislate?
Media Ethics
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?
Media Ethics
Biometrics, Data, and Privacy

Biometrics, Data, and Privacy

April 17, 2018

Does national security trade off with privacy in biometric identification?
Media Ethics
Dying to Be Online

Dying to Be Online

April 12, 2018

What could go wrong when you die on Facebook?
Media Ethics
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.
Journalism
Anonymity, Doxing, and the Ethics of Reddit

Anonymity, Doxing, and the Ethics of Reddit

April 4, 2018

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical issues are created in Reddit's attempts to clean up its act?
Media Ethics
Robots, Algorithms, and Digital Ethics

Robots, Algorithms, and Digital Ethics

April 4, 2018

Dr. David Gunkel (NIU) discusses robot rights and digital ethics.
Media Ethics
Online Quizzes and Interest in Political News

Online Quizzes and Interest in Political News

April 4, 2018

Our researchers found that online political quizzes increase people’s interest in political news and make them feel more knowledgeable about politics.
Journalism
Sharing the Pain

Sharing the Pain

March 30, 2018

What ethical issues does the rapid sharing of information in emergencies raise?
Media Ethics
Fake News, Fake Porn, and AI

Fake News, Fake Porn, and AI

March 29, 2018

What are the ethical issues involved in the use of AI in creating fake video content?
Media Ethics
Ethics and Artistic Appropriation

Ethics and Artistic Appropriation

March 26, 2018

What are the ethical issues raised by reframing the meaning of public artworks?
Media Ethics
Suicide, Fiction, and Ethics

Suicide, Fiction, and Ethics

March 21, 2018

What are the ethical issues raised by Netflix's "13 Reasons Why"?
Media Ethics
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.
Media Ethics
Bullying our First Amendment?

Bullying our First Amendment?

March 19, 2018

[CASE STUDY]: What are the legal and ethical implications of bullying by text message?
Media Ethics
danah boyd on Digital Ethics

danah boyd on Digital Ethics

March 14, 2018

Watch Dr. danah boyd's talk on digital ethics, big data, and artificial intelligence.
Media Ethics
Free Speech and the Ethics of Protest

Free Speech and the Ethics of Protest

March 14, 2018

[CASE STUDY] What are the ethics of free speech and controversial protests?
Media Ethics
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.
Media Ethics
Ethics and the Tweeter-in-Chief

Ethics and the Tweeter-in-Chief

March 5, 2018

What are the ethical issues with President Trump's use of Twitter?
Media Ethics
Idealized Images of Women in the Media

Idealized Images of Women in the Media

March 2, 2018

Watch Dr. Kate Pounders (UT Austin) discuss idealized images of women in the media.
Media Ethics
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: Leah Mahan)
Journalism
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?
Media Ethics
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?
Media Ethics
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?
Media Ethics
Robots, Algorithms, and Digital Ethics

Robots, Algorithms, and Digital Ethics

January 19, 2018

April 3, 2018: Do robots have rights? What do robots mean for digital ethics?
Media Ethics
Hacking Big Data

Hacking Big Data

January 19, 2018

March 6, 2018: danah boyd explores whether democracy and big data can coexist.
Media Ethics
The Real Ethics of Fake News

The Real Ethics of Fake News

January 19, 2018

February 27, 2018: What ethical challenges wait for us in the fight against fake news?
Media Ethics
Idealized Images of Women in the Media

Idealized Images of Women in the Media

January 19, 2018

February 6, 2018: What are the ethical problems with representations of women in the media?
Media Ethics
Chicago News Landscape

Chicago News Landscape

January 10, 2018

With the help of City Bureau, our researchers analyzed what people in Chicago think about the news media and how it varies depending on where people live.
Journalism
Trust in Online News

Trust in Online News

December 12, 2017

The inclusion of Trust Indicators can result in higher opinions about the news organizations and journalists that use them, according to the Center for Media Engagement's research with the Trust Project.
Journalism
The Ethics of Climate Change Communication

The Ethics of Climate Change Communication

December 11, 2017

Watch Dr. Jean Goodwin discuss the ethics of climate change communication.
Media Ethics
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.
Media Ethics
The Dark Side of Social Media

The Dark Side of Social Media

November 27, 2017

A panel of experts discusses the dark side of social media.
Media Ethics
Panel Shines Light on the Dark Issues of Social Media

Panel Shines Light on the Dark Issues of Social Me...

November 16, 2017

[ARTICLE] What is the dark side of social media? A panel of experts discuss privacy concerns and more in our online lives.
Media Ethics
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.
Media Ethics
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.
Media Ethics
New Media, Education, and Democracy

New Media, Education, and Democracy

November 2, 2017

Dr. Gregory Pappas (Texas A&M) discusses the meaning of new media on democracy and education.
Media Ethics
Moral Psychology on Why We Love Stories

Moral Psychology on Why We Love Stories

October 27, 2017

Watch Dr. Robert Lewis (UT Austin) talk about moral psychology and our love of stories.
Media Ethics
Anthems and Activism in the NFL

Anthems and Activism in the NFL

October 16, 2017

Watch Dr. Michael Butterworth (UT Austin) discuss the ethical issues raised by the NFL anthem protests.
Media Ethics
The Dark Side of Social Media

The Dark Side of Social Media

October 3, 2017

November 6, 2017: What is the dark side to our social media use? What can be done to improve our social media landscape?
Media Ethics
Stories, Ethics, and Media Psychology

Stories, Ethics, and Media Psychology

October 3, 2017

October 19, 2017: What are the ethical implications of mediated stories?
Media Ethics
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?
Media Ethics
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?
Media Ethics
The Ethics of Green Advertising

The Ethics of Green Advertising

September 26, 2017

Watch Dr. Lucy Atkinson (UT Austin) talk about the promises and pitfalls of green consumption on Youtube!
Media Ethics
Ethics and Climate Communication

Ethics and Climate Communication

September 26, 2017

November 14, 2017: What are the ethical choices being made when arguers claim that there is a scientific consensus backing their stance on climate change?
Media Ethics
The Ethics of Green Advertising

The Ethics of Green Advertising

September 18, 2017

September 21, 2017: Interested in the ethics of green advertising and the push for sustainability? Listen to Dr. Lucy Atkinson (UT Austin) talk about her research on sustainable consumption.
Media Ethics
Website Redesign

Website Redesign

August 3, 2017

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

A Survey of Snapchat Users: Media, Politics, &...

June 8, 2017

In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, we surveyed Snapchat users about their use of the app, specifically for news and politics.
Journalism
Engaging News about Congress: Report from a News Engagement Workshop

Engaging News about Congress: Report from a News E...

April 25, 2017

The Center for Media Engagement with the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon partnered to host a regional news engagement workshop focused on engagement and political coverage.
Journalism
General Election News Coverage: What Engages Audiences Down the Ballot

General Election News Coverage: What Engages Audie...

April 6, 2017

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.
Journalism
Rhetorics of the Good Life

Rhetorics of the Good Life

March 16, 2017

May 3, 2017: What is the nature of the good life and virtuous communication in the present social environment?
Media Ethics
Moral Psychology and Media Practice

Moral Psychology and Media Practice

March 8, 2017

April 10, 2017: How does human psychology inform media ethics?
Media Ethics
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 talk
Media Ethics
Cosmopolitan Media Ethics

Cosmopolitan Media Ethics

March 2, 2017

April 4, 2017: What happens when ethics meets globalized and changing media technology?
Media Ethics
Ethical Issues in the Fight Against Revenge Porn

Ethical Issues in the Fight Against Revenge Porn

March 1, 2017

March 21, 2017: What are the ethical issues involved in online revenge porn, and what tough ethical decisions are involved in fighting it?
Media Ethics
Comment Section Survey Across 20 News Sites

Comment Section Survey Across 20 News Sites

January 12, 2017

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

Journalism Ethics and Social Media

December 19, 2016

February 16, 2017: Journalistic ethics are no longer just for journalists. The digital media environment has flattened the information playing field, giving long-standing news institutions the same access to an audience as extremist propaganda, citizen bloggers and you: yes you. We’re all gatekeepers now...
Media Ethics
Social Media Summit

Social Media Summit

December 14, 2016

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

Journalism and Media Bias

December 13, 2016

January 31, 2017: Is the media biased? How do you even start to answer that question? Join us for a provocative talk by Dr. Robert Jensen...
Media Ethics
Ambedkar, Social Justice, and Buddhist Right Speech

Ambedkar, Social Justice, and Buddhist Right Speec...

December 12, 2016

January 24, 2017: Following the 2013 release of Navayana's annotated critical edition of B. R. Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste with an introductory essay by Arundhati Roy, Dalit (ex-Untouchable) activists angrily charged that Roy and the publisher were unqualified to write on Ambedkar by virtue of their high-caste backgrounds. We examine this war of words in the context of Ambedkar's career as the leading voice for Untouchable human rights and as principal draftsman of India's Constitution. We compare the attack on Navayana's Annihilation of Caste to the original attack on Ambedkar's 1936 speech.
Media Ethics
Trump, Clinton, and the Race for the Presidency

Trump, Clinton, and the Race for the Presidency

December 9, 2016

November 2, 2016: From their announcement speeches to the final debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have rhetorically constructed portraits of American democracy in their campaign rhetoric. What do those portraits look like? How are they constructed?
Media Ethics
Advertising, Ethics, and Culture

Advertising, Ethics, and Culture

December 9, 2016

October 13, 2016: How do advertising practitioners in other cultures confront ethical issues?
Media Ethics
Why Reflect on the Media?

Why Reflect on the Media?

December 8, 2016

What is the purpose of the Media Ethics Initiative?
Media Ethics
Mobile News Notifications

Mobile News Notifications

October 27, 2016

People who receive mobile news notifications more frequently visit the corresponding news applications.
Journalism
Primary Election Coverage: What Types of News Engage Audiences

Primary Election Coverage: What Types of News Enga...

October 11, 2016

Do audiences engage more with news coverage of campaign strategy or issues?
Journalism
How One Community Responded to Solutions Journalism

How One Community Responded to Solutions Journalis...

September 20, 2016

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.
Journalism
Journalists and Online Comments

Journalists and Online Comments

August 30, 2016

By interviewing working journalists, we learned that they do read the comments and respond to commenters.
Journalism
Survey of News Editors and Directors

Survey of News Editors and Directors

August 18, 2016

Our survey of news editors and directors offers a glimpse at current newsroom practices.
Journalism
Investigating the Influence of “Clickbait” News Headlines

Investigating the Influence of “Clickbait...

August 9, 2016

We tested whether headlines written using varying levels of uncertainty prompt different reactions.
Journalism
A Digital News Snapshot: An Analysis of 25 of the Top Sites Across Platforms

A Digital News Snapshot: An Analysis of 25 of the ...

July 20, 2016

As news habits change, it's important to understand what is available for news audiences across various platforms.
Journalism
10 Things We Learned by Analyzing 9 Million Comments from The New York Times

10 Things We Learned by Analyzing 9 Million Commen...

June 21, 2016

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

News Tools Workshop

June 9, 2016

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

Solutions Headlines

June 2, 2016

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

Solutions Journalism & News Engagement

March 29, 2016

There are benefits to newsrooms using solutions-based journalism, but it is not a cure-all for audience engagement.
Journalism
Survey of Commenters and Comment Readers

Survey of Commenters and Comment Readers

March 14, 2016

We describe the demographic makeup, attitudes, and behaviors of the people who comprise the online commenting world.
Journalism
The Current State of News Headlines

The Current State of News Headlines

December 1, 2015

Summary Headlines are the marquees of news stories. These short statements located at the beginning of an article frame the information that is to follow. They encapsulate a portion of…
Journalism
Contemporary vs. Classic Design

Contemporary vs. Classic Design

July 27, 2015

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.
Journalism
Background Information & Facts

Background Information & Facts

June 10, 2015

People are more willing to get involved in political discussion when they're provided with background information containing pro and con arguments.
Journalism
How We Use Online Spaces

How We Use Online Spaces

March 11, 2015

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.
Journalism
Restructuring Comment Sections

Restructuring Comment Sections

January 30, 2015

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

News Engagement Workshop – Princeton

December 15, 2014

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

New Approaches to Comment Moderation

November 24, 2014

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.
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Journalist Involvement in Comment Sections

Journalist Involvement in Comment Sections

September 10, 2014

Uncivil comments decreased when a journalist interacted with online commenters.
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Improving Civil Discourse

Improving Civil Discourse

September 10, 2014

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.
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Solutions Journalism

Solutions Journalism

June 2, 2014

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.
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News Engagement Workshop – Austin

News Engagement Workshop – Austin

April 16, 2014

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.
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Analysis of News Sites

Analysis of News Sites

March 13, 2014

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.
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Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks

September 18, 2013

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?
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Online Polls vs. Quizzes

Online Polls vs. Quizzes

September 18, 2013

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

Engagement Buttons

September 18, 2013

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