The J Word 2.1: Clickbait & Collation: What Works for Online News?
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One of the ways journalists engage audiences online is also one of the things we hate about the internet – clickbait, headlines that draw us in but that often undersell the story. But is it possible clickbait could actually be a good thing? We connect this discussion to other forms of engagement through tech, including news aggregation and VR to understand the changing roles of editing old and new forms of media. And, in the end, to understand what works in terms of drawing users in through headlines, collating news, and adding emotion to immersive storytelling.

Our guests include Fred Vultee, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University in the US, Nili Steinfeld, a Lecturer in The School of Communication at Ariel University in Israel, and Logan Molyneux, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at Temple University in the US.

Text Featured in this Episode:

Vultee, F., Burgess, G. S., Frazier, D., & Mesmer, K. (2020). Here’s What to Know About Clickbait: Effects of Image, Headline and Editing on Audience Attitudes. Journalism Practice, 1-18.

Molyneux, L., & Coddington, M. (2020). Aggregation, clickbait and their effect on perceptions of journalistic credibility and quality. Journalism Practice14(4), 429-446.

Steinfeld, N. (2020). To Be there when it Happened: Immersive Journalism, Empathy, and Opinion on Sexual Harassment. Journalism Practice, 14(2), 240-258.

Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

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