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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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People More Willing to Leave...

June 15, 2015

People are more willing to get involved in political discussion when they’re provided with background information containing pro and con arguments, according to a new report from the Engaging News

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Philly.com, Inspired by ENP,...

May 14, 2015

Philly.com, 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 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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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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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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