As modern political debate moves further into the digital sphere, the New America Foundation is exploring how journalists can better leverage various tools and practices to improve the quality of discourse online. Specifically:
- How can we encourage thoughtful consideration of other perspectives among news consumers?
- Can we restructure online comments sections to encourage deeper engagement?
- Can online polls be used to encourage more understanding of different perspectives?
- Would providing alternative feedback options besides “Like/dislike” help to encourage more open-minded responses to online articles and comments?
- In a data-rich world how can fact-checking approaches be tweaked and how can corrections be made more effective?
We'll hear short lightning talks introducing ideas and then break into small groups to devise possible solutions before socializing over drinks.
Speakers: Tom Glaisyer, New America Foundation; Lucas Graves, Columbia University; Ashley Muddiman, University of Texas; Jason Reifler, Georgia State University; TBA speaker from a newsroom