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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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ENP, WAN-IFRA Hosts Media...

March 17, 2015

During this year’s SXSW Interactive Festival, the Engaging News Project hosted the World Association of Newspapers and Newspaper Publishers (WAN-IFRA) for a workshop on media innovation at the University of

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Young People Reluctant to...

March 12, 2015

Young people today are reluctant to discuss politics with people who disagree with them and view online spaces as somewhat treacherous for interacting politically, according to a new report from

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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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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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