Journalism

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…
Journalism, Media Ethics, Science Communication
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:…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
CME Expanding into New Research Fields

CME Expanding into New Research Fields

December 12, 2018

Anthony Dudo Scott R. Stroud             The Center for Media Engagement is thrilled to…
Journalism, Media Ethics, Science Communication
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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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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:…
Journalism
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.
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
"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 &…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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...
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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.
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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.
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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,…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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…
Journalism
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 like social media buttons, comment sections and online polls were used.
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