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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.
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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…
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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…
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Mobile News Notifications

Mobile News Notifications

October 27, 2016

People who receive mobile news notifications more frequently visit the corresponding news applications.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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News Tools Workshop

News Tools Workshop

June 9, 2016

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