The Engaging News Project researches commercially-viable and democratically-beneficial ways to improve online news

what's happening


ENP Celebrates News...

October 6, 2015

On Oct. 6, the Engaging News Project took part in the second News Engagement Day, a day devoted to raising awareness about the importance of news engagement. News Engagement Day was

Read More

ENP Represented at Various...

October 1, 2015

Engaging News Project 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 of

Read More

Why ‘Dislike’...

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.

Read More

Team Wins Best Conference...

September 8, 2015

Several members of the Engaging News Project were recently awarded the Best Conference Paper for Information Technology and Politics at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting. The paper, “Can

Read More

Featured Research

Contemporary site

Page Design

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

Read More
Colored comments

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),

Read More

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,

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More


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

Read More


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,

Read More
Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 2.31.48 PM


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

Read More
quiz slider image


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

Read More


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

Read More
Need Help?