Tag: comments

by Robin Evans

Andrew Losowsky, a 2014 JSK Fellow, is leading The Coral Project, an effort to rethink and reshape communications between news publishers and their audiences. The New York Times, The Washington Post and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews are collaborating on the project, which just announced its first product, a open-source “listening” tool to help publishers better understand frequent […] more »

by Pedro Burgos

There are two seemingly incompatible trends going on in the publishing world right now. On one hand, there is a growing number of sites giving up on the idea of “comments” entirely (Wired has a good timeline on that). On the other — maybe as a reaction of sorts? — there is this movement to elevate the contributions of […] more »

by Talia Stroud

Editor’s Note: Last week, The Texas Tribune unveiled TribTalk, described by Tribune editor Emily Ramshaw as “an op-ed page for the 21st century.” The Tribune intends to use its sister op-ed site as a mini-laboratory to experiment with new digital initiatives. In that spirit, the Tribune partnered with the Engaging News Project at the University […] more »

by J. Nathan Matias

A version of this post originally appeared on the MIT Center for Civic Media’s blog. How can writers nurture great commenting communities while still engaging with the tough questions? Ta-Nehisi Coates Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor and blogger at The Atlantic and author of the memoir “The Beautiful Struggle,” spoke recently at MIT’s Media Lab. Before […] more »

by Phillip Smith

Let’s face it — technically speaking, comments are broken. With few exceptions, they don’t deliver on their potential to be a force for good. Web-based discussion threads have been part of the Internet experience since the late 1990s. However, the form of user commentary has stayed fairly static, and — more importantly — few solutions […] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

Our public beta of MediaBugs.org has been open for about three weeks now. We’re still tinkering with our interface, coping with problems at our Internet service provider, and working on plans to increase participation. But we’ve already got some fascinating results from our experiment. Here’s what I think is the most interesting one so far: […] more »

by Chris O'Brien

A few weeks ago, I was reading an interesting story about the state of the Columbia Journalism School that appeared on the New York Magazine website. In short, the story tried to examine concerns about how well Columbia was making the transition to the digital journalism era. After reading the story, I dutifully tweeted a […] more »

by David Ardia

The Citizen Media Law Project, which I direct, today launched a new page that aggregates everything on our site relating to section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“Section 230”), the important federal statute that protects operators of websites and other interactive computer services from liability for publishing the statements of third-parties. We’ve also added […] more »

by Margaret Rosas

I recently attended the Integrated Media Association conference in Atlanta and sat in on a panel of web content providers addressing public radio folks about online content. Jesse Thorne moderated a great discussion about how to provide content your audience wants to hear, how to listen and how to foster online communities around your content. […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

We spend a lot of time talking about why people don’t comment more on Gotham Gazette stories. By “a lot of time,” I actually mean about 20 minutes every three weeks, but nonetheless as a project with a mission to improve public discourse and engage New Yorkers in public policy conversations, we gauge our impact […] more »