New America Foundation

Hyperlinking Prompts

  • By Natalie Jomini Stroud, Ashley Muddiman, and Joshua M. Scacco
November 20, 2013

Hyperlinks are standard fare on news websites. They can help site visitors find more information and learn more about important issues facing their communities. And from a business perspective, hyperlinks can increase time on site.

Online Polls and Quizzes

  • By Natalie Jomini Stroud, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Assistant Director of Research at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin; Joshua Scacco, Research Assistant at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life; and Ashley Muddiman, Assistant Professor in the Communication & Journalism Department, University of Wyoming
November 20, 2013

Many news websites feature online polls. These polls typically ask site visitors about their opinions, such as whether they favor or oppose a new policy or who they think is likely to win an upcoming election. Online quizzes, where people are asked factual questions and then are told whether their responses are correct or incorrect, are less common. Both online polls and quizzes can be entertaining for site visitors, and can increase site visits and time spent on a page.

Which Corrections Work? Research Results and Practice Recommendations for Journalists

  • By Brendan Nyhan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Government, Dartmouth College and Jason Reifler, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, University of Exeter
October 21, 2013

Social science research has found that misinformation about politics and other controversial issues is often very difficult to correct. However, all corrections are not necessarily equal -- some approaches to presenting corrective information may be more persuasive than others. In this report, we summarize new research in the field and present recommendations for journalists, educators, and civil society groups who hope to counter the influence of false or misleading claims.

The Effects of Fact-Checking Threat: Results From a Field Experiment in the States

  • By Brendan Nyhan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Government, Dartmouth College and Jason Reifler, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics at the University of Exeter
October 8, 2013

In the United States, politicians are coming under increasing scrutiny from organizations like PolitiFact, Factcheck.org, and the Washington Post Fact Checker. Too often, traditional news organizations report what public officials say without evaluating the accuracy of their statements or attempting to arbitrate between competing factual claims. As a result, political figures are frequently allowed to make misleading comments in the press without challenge.

Social Media Buttons in Comment Sections

  • By Natalie Jomini Stroud, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Assistant Director of Research at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin; and Ashley Muddiman and Joshua Scacco, Research Assistants at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin
November 20, 2013

“Like.” Not only is it frequently used in casual conversations, the term also governs how we respond to everything from news articles to comments from our closest friends on Facebook. The term structures responses to online content. A heartwarming story about a local hero? “Like!” But “Like” doesn’t always seem appropriate. An article on a tragic event? It’s hard to hit “Like” in response. A fair-minded, but counter-attitudinal, post in a comment section? It’s challenging to press “Like.” What if news stations used other buttons?

Journalist Involvement in Comment Sections

  • By Natalie Jomini Stroud, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Assistant Director of Research at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin; Joshua M. Scacco, Research Assistants at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin; Ashley Muddiman, Assistant Professor in the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Wyoming; and Alex Curry, Research Assistant at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin
November 20, 2013

Incivility can run rampant in online comment sections. From a democratic angle, incivility on news sites creates reasons for concern. Social science research finds that incivility in the news depresses trust in government institutions. Even more, incivility in comment sections can affect readers’ beliefs. Calling this the “nasty effect,” University of Wisconsin Professors Brossard and Scheufele find that uncivil reader comments can change what people think about the news itself.

Making a Difference? A Critical Assessment of Fact-Checking in 2012

  • By Michelle A. Amazeen , Assistant Professor of Advertising, Department of Marketing, Advertising and Legal Studies at Rider University
October 8, 2013

The enterprise of fact-checking continues to proliferate throughout the U.S. news media to an unprecedented degree. While many welcome this trend, others question the effectiveness of fact-checking and some have even begun to push back. A common critique is that fact-checking has failed to eradicate deceptive and misleading claims by politicians and is therefore ineffective. Others have concerns about the presence of bias in fact-checking work.

Productivity Measurement in the United States Health System

  • By
  • Joe Colucci,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Rick McKellar, Harvard Medical School, and Michael Chernew, Harvard Medical School
October 2, 2013

Improving productivity in health care is, unquestionably, among the most important challenges facing policy makers and health care systems. Advances in medicine have greatly improved lives over the last century and ideally will continue to do so in the future. However, medical care also consumes a rapidly increasing proportion of society’s time and resources. That trend has continued to the point that growth in health care spending is considered a drag on the remainder of the economy.

Productivity and the Health Care Workforce

  • By
  • Shannon Brownlee,
  • Joe Colucci,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Thom Walsh, Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science
October 2, 2013

Comments on E-Rate Modernization

September 16, 2013

The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program submitted joint comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regard to modernizing the E-Rate program. Read the full comments (pdf) here.

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