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
Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts

Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts

November 19, 2020 @ 3:30pm - 4:30pm
David McCraw will draw on his experiences as a lawyer and as the Deputy General Counsel for The New York Times to explore the ethical challenges awaiting journalists and the…
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
How to Bridge Divides Through Connective Democracy

How to Bridge Divides Through Connective Democracy

October 9, 2020

Political divides are pushing coworkers, friends, and families apart. Putting aside differences to preserve relationships can be a challenge, but there are opportunities to find common ground. 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.…
Being Compassionate with Yourself May Help Bridge Political Divides

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…
Finding Common Ground: Habits that May Help

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…
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…
4 Steps To Help Build Trust with TV News Audiences

4 Steps To Help Build Trust with TV News Audiences

August 5, 2020

Based on focus group findings, we share four steps newsrooms can take while writing stories to help build trust. Read More
How to Talk to 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
Coronavirus Coverage: Adapting to Changing Audience Needs

Coronavirus Coverage: Adapting to Changing Audienc...

July 8, 2020

As people adjust to the ongoing presence of coronavirus in everyday life, their appetites for news stories on the subject are changing 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
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…
Catch CME at ICA’s Virtual Conference

Catch CME at ICA’s Virtual Conference

May 21, 2020

Attending ICA's virtual conference? CME Researchers will be virtually presenting on a variety of topics. Read More
Civic Science Fellow Joins Center for Media Engagement

Civic Science Fellow Joins Center for Media Engage...

May 19, 2020

The Center for Media Engagement welcomes Clio Heslop as a Civic Science Fellow. Read More
The Coronavirus Coverage Audiences Want

The Coronavirus Coverage Audiences Want

April 13, 2020

A coverage snapshot that can help newsrooms identify where coverage overlaps with viewer appetite—and where there are opportunities to provide more of the stories viewers want. Read More
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…
Covering Coronavirus: 5 Research-Based Tips for Your Newsroom

Covering Coronavirus: 5 Research-Based Tips for Yo...

March 25, 2020

Coronavirus updates are coming in constantly and your newsroom resources are likely strained as you try to keep staff safe and healthy. The Center for Media Engagement is hoping to…
Newsroom Tips for Covering Coronavirus

Newsroom Tips for Covering Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

Newsroom resources are likely strained as coronavirus updates keep coming in. Here are 5 research-backed ideas to help you connect with your audience. Read More
Race, Gender, and Toxicity Online Plenary Roundtable

Race, Gender, and Toxicity Online Plenary Roundtab...

April 25, 2019 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
Dr. Zizi Papacharissi (University of Illinois-Chicago), Dr. Lisa Nakamura (University of Michigan), Dr. Catherine Knight Steele (University of Maryland), Dr. Gina Masullo (The University of Texas at Austin) // April 25th, 2019 //…
Devaluing The News: How People Appropriate Journalistic Content

Devaluing The News: How People Appropriate Journal...

April 11, 2019 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
Dr. Pablo J. Boczkowski (Northwestern University) // April 11th, 2019 // 12:00pm-1:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136 The Center for Media Engagement Speaker Series promotes discussion about…
Understanding News Avoidance: Perceptions About Audiences

Understanding News Avoidance: Perceptions About Au...

April 5, 2019 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
Dr. Benjamin Toff (University of Minnesota) // April 5th, 2019 // 12:00pm-1:30pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.102 The Center for Media Engagement Speaker Series promotes discussion about…
Challenges to the News-Information-Democracy Narrative

Challenges to the News-Information-Democracy Narra...

March 28, 2019 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
Dr. Esther Thorson (Michigan State University) // March 28th, 2019 // 5:00pm-6:15pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 3.206 The Center for Media Engagement Speaker Series promotes discussion about…
Making Politics Go Viral (Like Puppies): CME SXSW Panel

Making Politics Go Viral (Like Puppies): CME SXSW ...

March 10, 2018 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
March 10th, 2018 // 5:00pm-6:00pm // JW Marriott Austin Donald Trump and other politicians are using social media to bypass the media and get their message straight to the public.…
CME Social Media Summit

CME Social Media Summit

November 11, 2016 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
November 11th, 2016 // 11:00am-4:00pm // Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 2.106 There’s no question that social media has forever changed the way news organizations connect with their audiences.…
Rebuilding Democracy in Texas: Screening and Discussion

Rebuilding Democracy in Texas: Screening and Discu...

October 22, 2019 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
October 22nd, 2019 // 6:00pm-8:30pm // Texas Union Theatre The machinery of American democracy is broken: Districts are rigged to keep power entrenched. Increasing numbers of citizens are denied access…
Science Communication Program Adding New Faculty

Science Communication Program Adding New Faculty

March 11, 2020

The Center for Media Engagement welcomes Dr. Lucy Atkinson and Dr. Lee Ann Kahlor to the team! Read More
Upcoming Event: Cognitive Security Conference

Upcoming Event: Cognitive Security Conference

March 2, 2020

((POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE… Stay tuned for more details)) The Center for Media Engagement is thrilled to announce the inaugural Cognitive Security (COGSEC) Conference. The conference will be held at The University of…
Reporter Bios Alone Aren’t Enough to Boost Trust

Reporter Bios Alone Aren’t Enough to Boost T...

February 27, 2020

Providing reporter bios on a news website is a common practice. The Center for Media Engagement has already shown that reporter bios, when used in combination with other trust strategies,…
Transparency is Great…If Readers Notice

Transparency is Great…If Readers Notice

February 15, 2020

We teamed up with McClatchy to test whether a card that shows how and why a story was written can help demonstrate transparency and build trust. 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
CME Program Director Samuel Woolley Publishes Book

CME Program Director Samuel Woolley Publishes Book

January 6, 2020

Fake news posts and Twitter trolls were just the beginning. What will happen when misinformation moves from our social media feeds into our everyday lives? Read More
Launching Propaganda Division

Launching Propaganda Division

January 1, 2020

Under the direction of Dr. Samuel Woolley, our propaganda division will focus on how emergent technologies are used in and around global political communication. Read More
Story Labels Alone Don’t Increase Trust

Story Labels Alone Don’t Increase Trust

December 20, 2019

We know it’s important for people to understand what type of news story they’re reading. Many newsrooms add a label like news, analysis, opinion, or sponsored content to help make…
10 Newsroom Lessons We Learned in 2019

10 Newsroom Lessons We Learned in 2019

December 19, 2019

1. Build trust by using an “Explain Your Process” box. Audience trust is key to a newsroom’s success. But in this era of “fake news” and fading confidence in the media, it can…
10 Newsroom Lessons We Learned in 2019

10 Newsroom Lessons We Learned in 2019

December 19, 2019

10 Newsroom Lessons We Learned in 2019. Read More
What People Want in a News Story

What People Want in a News Story

December 18, 2019

What questions do readers have about your stories? Taking their answers into account during the reporting process can better connect readers to your content and build trust. Read More
Story Labels Alone Don’t Increase Trust

Story Labels Alone Don’t Increase Trust

December 1, 2019

Many newsrooms add a label like news, analysis, opinion, or sponsored content to stories. But do readers actually notice these labels? And do the labels help increase trust? Read More
Where to Find CME at NCA

Where to Find CME at NCA

November 14, 2019

Attending the NCA Convention? Don’t miss these presentations by our CME team members. Thursday, November 14 The Impact of Relationship Quality and Partisan In-group/Out-group Perception on Perceived Interpersonal Competence in…
5 Keys to Powerful Solutions Journalism

5 Keys to Powerful Solutions Journalism

November 10, 2019

We know solutions journalism can make people feel more informed, optimistic, and engaged in an issue. But what is it about solutions journalism that makes them feel this way?   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
Why You Should Invest in Solutions Journalism

Why You Should Invest in Solutions Journalism

October 15, 2019

You’ve probably heard the complaint: news is just too negative.  You can’t stop covering the bad stories, but you can give readers some of what they want – positive news coverage that…
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
Moving Into New Roles

Moving Into New Roles

September 20, 2019

The Center for Media Engagement is thrilled to announce new roles for two of our team members. Gina Masullo Chen will move into the Associate Director position, taking on new…
Have You Checked On Your Comment Moderators?

Have You Checked On Your Comment Moderators?

September 1, 2019

Comments sections can be brutal. When faced with an onslaught of negative messages, your first thought is most likely about how the problem will affect readers (the answer? It’s not…
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…
Are You Checking On Your Comment Moderators?

Are You Checking On Your Comment Moderators?

August 1, 2019

As more news organizations turn to moderators (or their own journalists or employees) to take on the comments section, it’s important to know how the job is affecting those performing…
CME Launching Connective Democracy Initiative

CME Launching Connective Democracy Initiative

July 22, 2019

Whether political or social, the divisions in our society seem to be growing swiftly and aggressively. And with these divides come new challenges in facilitating the exchange of information. The…
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…
Politicians Behaving Badly: Why covering the story could backfire

Politicians Behaving Badly: Why covering the story...

July 1, 2019

Covering the latest outrageous political story seems like an obvious choice. The digital world is competitive and, bottom line, you need the clicks. But this type of story might not…
Want to Build Audience Trust? Try Using This Box

Want to Build Audience Trust? Try Using This Box

May 24, 2019

Audience trust is key to a newsroom’s success. But in this era of “fake news” and fading confidence in the media, it can be difficult to earn. In our latest…
Politicians Behaving Badly: Why Covering the Story Could Backfire

Politicians Behaving Badly: Why Covering the Story...

May 22, 2019

Covering the latest outrageous political story could hurt the credibility of your news organization. Read More
Attending ICA? Come Find Us!

Attending ICA? Come Find Us!

May 20, 2019

CME researchers are presenting on a variety of topics. Find one that interests you and check it out!   5/24 Friday  Pre-Conference Principles for Elevating Engaged Journalism on Social Media:…
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
Want to Build Audience Trust? Try Using This Box

Want to Build Audience Trust? Try Using This Box

March 27, 2019

Audience trust is key to a newsroom’s success. But in this era of “fake news” and fading confidence in the media, it can be difficult to earn. 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…
Making Strangers Less Strange: How Newsrooms Can Help Unite a Divided America

Making Strangers Less Strange: How Newsrooms Can H...

March 24, 2019

“Us-versus-them.” It’s a mentality that can make it difficult to find common ground. Lines of division are everywhere: Religion, economic disparity, race, and political identity create invisible barriers to understanding.…
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
How Newsrooms Can Help Unite a Divided America

How Newsrooms Can Help Unite a Divided America

February 7, 2019

Bringing opposing groups together is a challenge, but it’s an important task the media needs to take on. 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
Strategies for Gaining New Subscribers

Strategies for Gaining New Subscribers

January 18, 2019

Subscriptions, donations, and memberships are critical for many newsrooms’ business models. But what strategies work for gaining new subscribers? Read More
10 Things We Learned in 2018 (And How They Can Help Your Newsroom)

10 Things We Learned in 2018 (And How They Can Hel...

December 17, 2018

1. Images and links at the bottom of the page help keep readers on your site.  Getting readers to stay on your site can be a challenge. Our research found a few ways…
10 Newsroom Lessons We Learned in 2018

10 Newsroom Lessons We Learned in 2018

December 17, 2018

10 newsroom lessons we learned in 2018. Read More
CME Expanding into New Research Fields

CME Expanding into New Research Fields

December 12, 2018

The Center for Media Engagement is thrilled to announce two new additions to our team. Dr. Anthony Dudo and Dr. Scott R. Stroud will expand CME’s reach by taking our…
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 Texas at Austin. Together, we…
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…
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 Read…
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. 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…
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. 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
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. Read More
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CME Announces New Assistant Director

CME Announces New Assistant Director

February 27, 2018

We are happy to announce that Dr. Gina Masullo Chen has been appointed Assistant Director of the Center for Media Engagement. Gina is a former journalist and an assistant professor…
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:…
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
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…
Stroud Named to SciLine Advisory Board

Stroud Named to SciLine Advisory Board

November 9, 2017

Dr. Talia Stroud, director of the Center for Media Engagement, has been named to the advisory board for SciLine, a new service from the American Association for the Advancement of…
CME Awarded Grant from News Integrity Initiative

CME Awarded Grant from News Integrity Initiative

October 7, 2017

The Center for Media Engagement (CME) is one of the first organizations to receive a grant from the News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.  Launched in…
ENP Relaunches as Center for Media Engagement

ENP Relaunches as Center for Media Engagement

October 2, 2017

The Engaging News Project – a news media research and outreach initiative in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin – is expanding and renaming…
Director Leads Talk With Pulitzer Winner

Director Leads Talk With Pulitzer Winner

September 25, 2017

Photo courtesy of New Politics Forum. Dr. Talia Stroud, director of the Center for Media Engagement, had the opportunity to lead a talk with Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer Prize…
CME Receives Grant From Lenfest Institute

CME Receives Grant From Lenfest Institute

September 21, 2017

The Center for Media Engagement has received a grant from the Lenfest Institute for Journalism to study mobile news engagement. The Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to both supporting…
Research Featured in Academic Journals

Research Featured in Academic Journals

August 23, 2017

This summer, CME research was published in several prestigious academic journals. First, researchers Josh Scacco, Cynthia Peacock and Talia Stroud had their work on how the structure of the comment section…
Vote for CME's SXSW Panel

Vote for CME's SXSW Panel

August 22, 2017

Want to learn how to make political content go viral? Then vote for our proposal in the SXSW PanelPicker! Click here to vote for our session, titled “Making Politics Popular…
Join CME for Chat on Homepage Redesigns

Join CME for Chat on Homepage Redesigns

August 9, 2017

How do you measure the success of a news site homepage? And what makes for a good news homepage in 2017? Researchers from the Center for Media Engagement will be…
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…
Watch: LMA Webinar on Audience Challenges

Watch: LMA Webinar on Audience Challenges

July 31, 2017

Dr. Talia Stroud, director of the Center for Media Engagement, recently led a webinar on audience engagement for the Local Media Association (LMA). Slides and video of the presentation, “Top…
Research Featured in Academic Journals

Research Featured in Academic Journals

July 20, 2017

This summer, Center for Media Engagement research was published in two prestigious academic journals. First, CME researchers Josh Scacco, Cynthia Peacock and Talia Stroud had their work on how the…
Director Presents Research at ISOJ

Director Presents Research at ISOJ

May 2, 2017

CME Director Talia Stroud speaks during the ISOJ breakfast panel. Center for Media Engagement Director Dr. Talia Stroud was one of five researchers to participate in a breakfast panel during the…
Engaging News about Congress: Report from a News Engagement Workshop

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

April 25, 2017 @ 12:00am - 11:59pm
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. Read…
CME Collaborators Named Pulitzer Finalists

CME Collaborators Named Pulitzer Finalists

April 11, 2017

Center for Media Engagement collaborators at the Chattanooga Times Free Press were recently named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Journalists at the newspaper were recognized for their series “The Poverty Puzzle.”…
Watch: Webinar on Best Practices for Engaging Audiences

Watch: Webinar on Best Practices for Engaging Audi...

April 6, 2017

The Center for Media Engagement conducted a webinar for the Institute for Nonprofit News on best practices for engaging digital audiences. During the webinar, Director Dr. Talia Stroud discussed: Proven…
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…
Clickbait Research Presented at Copy Editing Conference

Clickbait Research Presented at Copy Editing Confe...

March 28, 2017

Faculty Research Associate Dr. Josh Scacco recently presented Center for Media Engagement’s research on clickbait headlines at the American Copy Editors Society’s national conference. In his research with Dr. Ashley…
CME Releases 2016 Annual Report

CME Releases 2016 Annual Report

February 3, 2017

The Center for Media Engagement has released its 2016 Annual Report, which outlines the project’s research and accomplishments from last year. Highlights of the report include: CME released 10 research reports…
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. Read More
Test Your Audience's Knowledge with End of Year Quiz

Test Your Audience's Knowledge with End of Ye...

December 19, 2016

2016 was filled with major news stories, including unprecedented elections, interesting political moves and events that brought the world together. As the year comes to a close, we’ve created an…
Social Media Summit

Social Media Summit

December 14, 2016 @ 12:00am - 11:59pm
CME hosted a Social Media Summit to discuss the experiences, benefits, and challenges of using social media. Read More
Digital leaders share experiences with social media

Digital leaders share experiences with social medi...

November 16, 2016

On Friday, November 11, the Center for Media Engagement hosted their first Social Media Summit in partnership with the UT School of Journalism. During the summit, digital news leaders and…
Team Earns Awards from National Communication Association

Team Earns Awards from National Communication Asso...

November 10, 2016

Congratulations to the CME team members who won the Applied Communication Division’s 2016 Bill Eadie Distinguished Award for a Scholarly Article from the National Communication Association! The team received their award…
Mobile News Notifications

Mobile News Notifications

October 27, 2016

People who receive mobile news notifications more frequently visit the corresponding news applications. Read More
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? Read More
CME Research Shared at ONA Conference

CME Research Shared at ONA Conference

October 3, 2016

Research Associate Shannon McGregor presented Center for Media Engagement research at the Online News Association’s annual conference in Denver. Shannon was joined by Scott Smallwood of The Chronicle of Higher Education…
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. Read More
Registration Open for Social Media Summit

Registration Open for Social Media Summit

September 15, 2016

  There’s no question that social media has forever changed the way news organizations connect with their audiences. But has that change helped or harmed news organizations? And what’s in…
Researcher Presents Commenting Survey Results

Researcher Presents Commenting Survey Results

September 12, 2016

Research Associate Emily Van Duyn presents CME research. Research Associate Emily Van Duyn recently presented Center for Media Engagement research at the 2016 American Political Science Association Political Communication Preconference in Philadelphia.…
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Millennials and the News

Millennials and the News

July 7, 2016

This post first appeared on the Center for Media Engagement’s Medium page In what can feel like a never-ending list of issues facing the news industry, one issue seems to…
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. Read More
CME Part of Webinar on Increasing Engagement

CME Part of Webinar on Increasing Engagement

June 10, 2016

The Center for Media Engagement recently joined Gatehouse Media and Viafoura on a webinar to share what it takes to increase engagement, build a civil community and win in the…
News Tools Workshop

News Tools Workshop

June 19, 2016 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
The Center for Media Engagement workshop -- the first to focus on news tools -- participants shared their experiences with using tools and brainstormed new tools to combat political polarization…
Gender and Age in the Mobile News Landscape

Gender and Age in the Mobile News Landscape

June 7, 2016

Photo: Girl waiting for the train by Toshihiro Gamo on Flickr. This post was written by CME Director Dr. Talia Stroud and first appeared on the Knight Foundation’s blog.  Many…
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. Read More
"Respect" Research Published in Academic Journal

"Respect" Research Published in Academic...

May 5, 2016

The Center for Media Engagement’s paper, “Like, recommend, or respect? Altering political behavior in news comment sections,” has been published in the latest edition of the New Media & Society…
CME Leads Engagement Workshop at ISOJ

CME Leads Engagement Workshop at ISOJ

April 21, 2016

Josh Scacco shares CME research at the pre-ISOJ workshop. Photo courtesy of the Knight Center. The Center for Media Engagement’s Josh Scacco and Katie Steiner, along with ProPublica’s Amanda Zamora,…
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. Read More
Director Presents at SXSW Interactive Festival

Director Presents at SXSW Interactive Festival

March 24, 2016

Dr. Talia Stroud discusses our latest report on commenters and comment readers at the SXSW Interactive Festival. CME Director Dr. Talia Stroud was part of a panel on improving comment sections…
CME Hosts News Tools Workshop

CME Hosts News Tools Workshop

March 22, 2016

Participants listen to one another at the News Tools Workshop in Austin, TX. In February, the Center for Media Engagement hosted its third workshop – the first to focus on…
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. Read More
CME Featured by Several Publications

CME Featured by Several Publications

March 3, 2016

During the past month, the Center for Media Engagement has been featured by a number of media outlets. CME was first featured in Quill, a magazine distributed by the Society…
2015 Highlights Featured in Annual Report

2015 Highlights Featured in Annual Report

February 10, 2016

The Center for Media Engagement has released its 2015 Annual Report which outlines the project’s research and accomplishments from last year.  Highlights of the report include: CME released eight research reports…
Make Your Own 'Respect' Button with Engaging Buttons

Make Your Own 'Respect' Button with Enga...

February 10, 2016

The Center for Media Engagement has developed a new WordPress plugin that allows users to customize the buttons on their websites, including adding a “Respect” button. With Engaging Buttons, you can design…
CME Makes List of Top Digital News Research of 2015

CME Makes List of Top Digital News Research of 201...

December 14, 2015

The Center for Media Engagement is featured twice in Nieman Lab’s list of top 10 digital news research articles of 2015. For the list, a range of scholars, digital gurus and…
The Current State of News Headlines

The Current State of News Headlines

December 1, 2015

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 the…
CME Selected to Speak at SXSW

CME Selected to Speak at SXSW

October 22, 2015

The Center for Media Engagement was recently selected for one of more than 500 sessions at the 2016 SXSW Interactive conference, taking place March 11-15 in Austin, Texas. Our panel, “Comments Are Terrible…
New Report Examines Headlines

New Report Examines Headlines

October 13, 2015

The Center for Media Engagement has begun conducting research on the content and effects of different types of headlines. As the first part of our research efforts, we have a…
CME Celebrates News Engagement Day

CME Celebrates News Engagement Day

October 6, 2015

On Oct. 6, the Center for Media Engagement took part in the second News Engagement Day, a day devoted to raising awareness about the importance of news engagement. News Engagement Day…
CME Represented at Various Conferences

CME Represented at Various Conferences

October 1, 2015

Center for Media Engagement team members have been busy the past couple months traveling across the country to present at various conferences. Research Associate Alex Curry presented at the Association…
Why 'Dislike' When You Can 'Respect'

Why 'Dislike' When You Can 'Respect...

September 16, 2015

When Facebook makes a change, everyone has an opinion. That was definitely the case when Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media giant would begin testing out a “Dislike” button.…
Homepage Design Affects Page Views, Learning from News Articles

Homepage Design Affects Page Views, Learning from ...

July 27, 2015

There is a significant increase in page views when people browse a news website with a contemporary design compared to a website with a classic design, according to a new…
Researcher Presents at News:Rewired Conference in London

Researcher Presents at News:Rewired Conference in ...

July 27, 2015

Ashley Muddiman shares Center for Media Engagement findings at the news:rewired conference. Photo courtesy of news:rewired/journalism.co.uk. In July, Faculty Research Associate Ashley Muddiman presented Center for Media Engagement research at…
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.…
CME Provides Training on Managing Comment Sections

CME Provides Training on Managing Comment Sections

June 22, 2015

The Center for Media Engagement recently gave a training presentation to GateHouse Media editors on best practices for managing comment sections. During the training, research associate Alex Curry shared the…
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. Read More
Philly.com, Inspired by ENP, Makes Changes to Comments

Philly.com, Inspired by ENP, Makes Changes to Comm...

May 14, 2015

Philly.com, the website for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, recently made changes to its comments section that were inspired, in part, by the Center for Media Engagement.…
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.…
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. Read More
News Engagement Workshop – Princeton

News Engagement Workshop – Princeton

December 15, 2014 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
In October, the Center for Media Engagement hosted its second News Engagement Workshop, bringing together 11 digital news innovators to discuss current practices and future possibilities. Read More
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…
Digital Leaders Share Challenges, Ideas

Digital Leaders Share Challenges, Ideas

November 15, 2014

For its second News Engagement Workshop, the Center for Media Engagement brought together a group of digital news leaders including, from left: Jennifer Carroll, Gannett Digital; Barry Osborne, The Denver…
Online Polls and Quizzes

Online Polls and Quizzes

November 14, 2014

Many news websites have online polls on their sites. Although polls can be engaging for site visitors, there are downsides. Specifically, some site visitors may believe that online poll results…
Journalist Involvement in Comment Sections

Journalist Involvement in Comment Sections

September 10, 2014

Uncivil comments decreased when a journalist interacted with online commenters. Read More
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…
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…
CME Researches Interactive Features

CME Researches Interactive Features

May 22, 2014

In a recent report, the Center for Media Engagement examined a representative sample of 155 newspaper and television news websites to understand how they were using social media buttons, comment…
Public Agenda Adopts "Respect" Button

Public Agenda Adopts "Respect" Button

May 22, 2014

The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Public Agenda has begun using a version of the “Respect” button, developed by the Center for Media Engagement. On Public Agenda’s blog, if you highlight text…
Director Speaks at ISOJ

Director Speaks at ISOJ

May 22, 2014

CME Director Natalie Stroud speaks at the Global Roundup Breakfast at the 2014 International Symposium on Online Journalism. In early April, Center for Media Engagement Director Natalie Stroud presented some…
Nieman Journalism Lab Features Recent Research

Nieman Journalism Lab Features Recent Research

May 22, 2014

The Nieman Journalism Lab covered featured recent research from the Center for Media Engagement on how television and news organizations use interactive features on their websites... Read More
Texas Tribune Uses Respect Button on New Site

Texas Tribune Uses Respect Button on New Site

May 13, 2014

The Texas Tribune has begun using the “Respect” button on their new site, TribTalk. TribTalk is a digital forum for dialogue, featured submitted commentary and opinion pieces. The “Respect” button…
Solutions Journalism Benefits Readers, News Organizations

Solutions Journalism Benefits Readers, News Organi...

May 10, 2014

A new report from the Center for Media Engagement and the Solutions Journalism Network illustrates that solutions-based journalism is an effective journalistic tool that benefits both readers and news organizations.…
CME Teams With NICD For Online Discourse Research

CME Teams With NICD For Online Discourse Research

May 9, 2014

The Center for Media Engagement and the National Institute for Civil Discourse have teamed up on a literature review that presents an overview of what the organizations already know about…
Team Shares Quiz Tool At ONA Conference

Team Shares Quiz Tool At ONA Conference

May 8, 2014

In late September, Center for Media Engagement Director Natalie Stroud and Developer John Macon presented the team’s new Create a Quiz feature at the Online News Association’s 2014 Conference in…
CME Celebrates News Engagement Day

CME Celebrates News Engagement Day

May 7, 2014

On Oct. 7, the Center for Media Engagement took part in the inaugural National News Engagement Day, a day devoted to raising awareness about the importance of news engagement. National…
Research Featured in Top Academic Journal

Research Featured in Top Academic Journal

May 6, 2014

The Center for Media Engagement’s research on civility and quality discussion in comment sections will be released soon in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. In the article, “Changing Deliberative Norms…
Progress Report on Comment Moderation

Progress Report on Comment Moderation

May 5, 2014

The Center for Media Engagement has released a progress report on its work to find new approaches to comment moderation. For three months, CME research associate Arielle Cardona attempted to…
CJR Publishes Q&A With Dr. Stroud

CJR Publishes Q&A With Dr. Stroud

May 2, 2014

The Columbia Journalism Review recently published an in-depth Q&A with Center for Media Engagement Director Dr. Talia Stroud. In the Q&A, Stroud provides background on the Center for Media Engagement,…
Researcher Wins Grad School Award

Researcher Wins Grad School Award

May 1, 2014

CME Research Associate Josh Scacco (center) receives the Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant award. Research Associate Josh Scacco was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant award by the Graduate School at…
Benefits, Limits to Using Three-Column Comment Section

Benefits, Limits to Using Three-Column Comment Sec...

May 1, 2014

There are several benefits – and limits — to using a three-column comment section as opposed to using a traditional one-column section, according to a new report by the Center…
Digital Leaders Share Ideas, Challenges

Digital Leaders Share Ideas, Challenges

May 1, 2014

For its second News Engagement Workshop, the Center for Media Engagement brought together a group of digital news leaders including, from left: Jennifer Carroll, Gannett Digital; Barry Osborne, The Denver…
Young People Reluctant to Discuss Politics, According to New Report

Young People Reluctant to Discuss Politics, Accord...

May 1, 2014

Photo courtesy of iStock. Young people today are reluctant to discuss politics with people who disagree with them and view online spaces as somewhat treacherous for interacting politically, according to…
ENP, WAN-IFRA Host Media Innovation Workshop

ENP, WAN-IFRA Host Media Innovation Workshop

May 1, 2014

Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen of NxtMedia in Norway presents during the workshop. During this year’s SXSW Interactive Festival, the Center for Media Engagement hosted the World Association of Newspapers and Newspaper…
Team Travels Across the Country

Team Travels Across the Country

May 1, 2014

Research Associate Alex Curry presents at the Texas APME conference. It has been a busy spring for the Center for Media Engagement! Team members have been traveling across the country…
Quiz Tool Used by News Organizations

Quiz Tool Used by News Organizations

May 1, 2014

In honor of Tax Day, which was April 15, the Center for Media Engagement put together a 4-questions quiz using our “Create a Quiz” tool. The quiz featured a variety…
Research Published in ISOJ Journal

Research Published in ISOJ Journal

May 1, 2014

Research Associate Josh Scacco presents CME research at the International Symposium on Online Journalism. The Center for Media Engagement’s paper, “Digital Divisions: Organizational Gatekeeping Practices” was recently published in the…
People More Willing to Leave Comments When Given Pro-Con Arguments, According to New Report

People More Willing to Leave Comments When Given P...

May 1, 2014

People are more willing to get involved in political discussion when they’re provided with background information containing pro and con arguments, according to a new report from the Center for…
Digital News Innovators Gather for Workshop

Digital News Innovators Gather for Workshop

April 29, 2014

Digital news leaders from across the country came to Austin, Texas for the Engaging News Workshop. Ten digital news innovators recently came together to visit about current practices and future…
News Site Analysis

News Site Analysis

April 16, 2014

The Center for Media Engagement released a report on how newspapers and television news stations use interactive features on their websites. The team surveyed 155 websites to see how features…
News Engagement Workshop – Austin

News Engagement Workshop – Austin

April 16, 2014 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
Ten digital news innovators recently came together to visit about current practices and future possibilities at a workshop hosted by the Center for Media Engagement. Read More
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. Read More
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…
How Online Quizzes Can Benefit Newsroom Websites

How Online Quizzes Can Benefit Newsroom Websites

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. Read More