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

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ENP Teams With NICD For...

September 9, 2014

The Engaging News Project 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 online

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Solutions Journalism Benefits...

June 2, 2014

A new report from the Engaging News Project and the Solutions Journalism Network illustrates that solutions-based journalism is an effective journalistic tool that benefits both readers and news organizations. Solutions

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Texas Tribune Uses Respect...

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 “Respect” button

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Researcher Wins Grad School...

May 1, 2014

Research Associate Josh Scacco was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant award by the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin for his work on the Engaging News

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SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM

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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NEWS SITE ANALYSIS

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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HYPERLINKS

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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ONLINE POLLS AND QUIZZES

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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SOCIAL MEDIA BUTTONS

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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COMMENT SECTIONS

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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