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Breaking Through: Increasing civic engagement before, during and after elections.  Wednesday, July 22, 2015 sponsored by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stroud Speaks at...

August 12, 2015

Dr. Talia Stroud, director of the Engaging News Project, presented our research and served as MC at the “Breaking Through: Increasing civic engagement before, during, and after elections,” conference, hosted by

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Homepage Design Affects Page...

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

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Researcher Presents at...

July 27, 2015

In July, Faculty Research Associate Ashley Muddiman presented Engaging News Project research at the news:rewired digital journalism conference in London. The event, sponsored by Journalism.co.uk, brought together speakers from around

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ENP Provides Training on...

June 22, 2015

The Engaging News Project 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 latest

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Online News Presentation

July 27, 2015

Homepage layout matters. It affects what people view on a website and what they remember from the news. Across a series of three experiments, we analyzed what happens when people

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Background & Facts Prior to Comments

June 10, 2015

For their latest collaboration, teams from the Engaging News Project and the National Institute for Civil Discourse conducted an experiment that tested whether having facts (verified information about an issue),

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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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