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May 14, 2015, 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 Engaging News Project. Based

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Research Associate Josh Scacco presents ENP research at the International Symposium on Online Journalism.

Research Published in ISOJ...

April 21, 2015

The Engaging News Project’s paper, “Digital Divisions: Organizational Gatekeeping Practices” was recently published in the 2015 edition of the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) academic journal. Research for the

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Quiz Tool Used by News...

April 17, 2015

In honor of Tax Day, which was April 15, the Engaging News Project put together a 4-questions quiz using our “Create a Quiz” tool. The quiz featured a variety of

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Team Travels Across the...

April 13, 2015

It has been a busy spring for the Engaging News Project! Team members have been traveling across the country to present at various conferences and workshops. Some of the events

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Featured Research


Restructuring Comment Sections

January 30, 2015

Comment sections are prevalent on national and local news websites in the United States. Most comment sections are designed as one column of responses organized in a vertical, or cascading,

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New Approaches to Comment Moderation

November 24, 2014

“No one has tried this kind of work before in such a way — could I, as the first attempt, be successful?” For three months, research associate Arielle Cardona attempted

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Journalist Involvement in Comment Sections

September 10, 2014

Incivility can run rampant in online comment sections. From a democratic angle, incivility on news sites creates reasons for concern. From a business angle, some news staff members worry that

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June 2, 2014

Solutions journalism is reporting about responses to entrenched social problems. It examines instances where people, institutions, and communities are working toward solutions. Solutions-based stories focus not just on what may be

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March 13, 2014

The Engaging News Project examined a representative sample of 155 newspaper and television news websites in the United States to understand how they were using social media buttons, comment sections,

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September 18, 2013

Hyperlinks are standard fare on news websites. By connecting people to more information, hyperlinks can help news site visitors find more information and learn more about important issues facing their

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September 18, 2013

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

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September 18, 2013

“Like.” Not only is it an indelible component of casual sentence structure, the term also governs how we respond to everything from news articles to comments from our closest friends

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September 18, 2013

Hope for democratic participation. Pits of partisan incivility. Perceptions of online news comment sections run the gamut. Optimistically, online comment sections offer a forum for gathering and sharing diverse opinions.

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