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Digital Leaders Share...

December 15, 2014

The Engaging News Project recently hosted its second News Engagement Workshop, bringing together 11 digital news innovators to discuss current practices and future possibilities. During the two-day workshop, participants brainstormed

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Benefits, Limits to Using...

November 26, 2014

There are several benefits – and limits — to using a three-column comment section as opposed to using a traditional one-column section, according to a new report by the Engaging

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CJR Publishes Q&A With...

November 26, 2014

The Columbia Journalism Review recently published an in-depth Q&A with Engaging News Project Director Dr. Talia Stroud. In the Q&A, Stroud provides background on the Engaging News Project, as well

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Progress Report on Comment...

November 24, 2014

The Engaging News Project has released a progress report on its work to find new approaches to comment moderation. For three months, ENP research associate Arielle Cardona attempted to code

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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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