Dr. Bartosz Wojdynski

Assistant Professor, Journalism

About: Dr. Wojdynski teaches courses in multimedia journalism, interactive media, and psychological effects of communication technology. He researches the effects of design and presentation characteristics in digital media on attention, selection, cognition, and attitudes.

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Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., American Studies and English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Wojdynski’s research focuses on the role technological and design variables play in how users choose and process information in digital media. He is particularly interested in the role that interactivity and navigability play in influencing attention to, elaboration upon, and retention of content. His research consists primarily of experimental studies involving Web sites and Web-based news delivered on computers and mobile devices. To better understand what happens in the course of media use, Wojdynski’s research uses eye-tracking and response-time measures in addition to questionnaire-based responses. Recently, he has examined effects of Web navigability on content selection and recall, and the influence of exemplars in non-linear interactive news stories on risk perceptions. Wojdynski has presented his research at a number of national and international conferences, and his research has been published or accepted in journals including Journal of Media Psychology, Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and Newspaper Research Journal, among others.

Where readers look, and what they miss Bartosz Wojdynski, Camila Espina, Kate Keib, Jennifer Malson, Hyejin Bang & Yen-I Lee

Abstract: Participants (N=88) in a two-condition (Facebook post information level: high vs. low) mixed factorial design took part in a laboratory experiment that utilized eye tracking to gauge what areas of the page in common news layouts attract viewers’ gaze, and whether this viewing amount of information about the story disclosed in the Facebook posts. […]

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Native Advertising Bartosz Wojdynski

Abstract: Native advertising is a form of advertising that blends into the form and function of the digital environment in which it is placed (Campbell and Marks, 2015; FTC, 2015a, 2015b; IAB, 2013; Wojdynski and Evans, 2016). Similar in form to advertorials (Kim, Pasadeos and Barban, 2001; van Reijmersdal, Neijens, and Smit, 2005), native advertising […]

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Information graphics as orienting response Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac and Bartosz Wojdynski

Abstract: This experimental study (N=77) examined the role of infographics in orienting viewer’s attention in television news. The results of the eye-tracking study showed that when used in the over-the-shoulder format, visual representation of numerical data act as an orienting response and direct viewer’s attention to that part of the screen. In terms of the […]

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News vs. native advertising Bartosz Wojdynski

Abstract: This panel engages in a debate about native advertising contextualized within the boundaries of journalism. While this advertising format is not new, it accelerates the trend of blurring the boundaries between news and ads by producing commercial content that looks and feels like news. The capacity of native advertising to potentially alter how the […]

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Attribute and Benefit Claims in Food Advertising Jung Min Hahm and Bartosz Wojdynski

Abstract: Based on the expectancy-value model and construal level theory, this study conducted a content analysis of major women’s magazines published between 2013 and 2015 to identify and explain recent trends in food advertising and to compare the strategies used in the ads to theoretical models. Result showed that taste claims were still the most […]

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Sponsorship Transparency as a Mediator of Negative Effects of Covert Ad Recognition Nathaniel J. Evans and Bartosz Wojdynski

Abstract: The proliferation of covert online advertising formats such as advergames has raised concerns about consumers’ ability to recognize such content as advertising, and about how recognition affects evaluative outcomes. The present research utilized an online experiment (N= 179) to examine differences between format (advergame vs. online video) on recognition, and whether sponsorship transparency mediates […]

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Native advertising: Deception or engagement Bartosz Wojdynski

Abstract: Native advertising, or paid content designed to resemble the editorial content on the site on which it is published, comprises a rapidly growing segment of online advertising.  While such forms of advertising have analogs in product placement and print advertorials, the limitless variety of approaches to online native advertising coupled with the practice’s growth […]

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Native advertising and the future of mass communication Bartosz Wojdynski

Abstract:  This article introduces a special issue of American Behavioral Scientist seeks to deepen our understanding and knowledge by examining practices and effects of native advertising and their impact on the broad subdisciplines of communication, among them journalism, public relations, advertising, and social media.

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The Deceptiveness of sponsored news articles Bartosz Wojdynski

Abstract: The present study contributes knowledge to the former areas by presenting the results of a between-subjects experiment (N = 343) that tested the effects of four disclosure characteristics (proximity, visual prominence, wording clarity, and logo presence) on recognition of the sponsored content as advertising, and by analyzing the psychological process through which such recognition influences […]

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Getting the ‘Picture’ Out about Zika Yan Jin, Bartosz Wojdynski & Yen-I Lee

Abstract: Using a 2 (gain vs. loss message framing) x 2 (photo vs. infographic image type) x 3 (government vs. media vs. peer source)between-subjects experiment with a representative sample of 559 adults in the United States, this study examined the effects of message framing, image types, and source of Zika-focused messages on publics’ emotional responses […]

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Picture Perfect Kate Keib, Camila Espina, Yen-I Lee, Bartosz Wojdynski, Hyejin Bang & DongWon Choi

Abstract: Social media drives traffic to news, but little is known about how consumers make decisions about selecting and sharing this information. In a within-subjects eye-tracking experiment, this study examined the influence of image presence and valence on attention to and engagement with news stories on social media.  To be presented at the AEJMC national […]

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When do viewers share viral video advertising? DongWon Choi, Hyejin Bang, Bartosz Wojdynski, Yen-I Lee, Kate Keib & Camila Espina

Abstract: this study aims to examine the psychological mechanism in which the brand placement prominence influences consumers’ forwarding intention of viral video advertising, and to investigate the moderating role of brand disclosure timing. This study shows that the level of brand prominence in a viral video ad is an important factor influencing viewers’ forwarding intention […]

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Teaching Specialties

Dr. Wojdynski’s teaching specialties include multimedia journalism, interactive design and programming, data visualization, psychological effects of mass media, and quantitative research methods.


Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Wojdynski worked in print and online news media, and developing interactive health and education Web content, including projects funded by NASA and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He has also served as a usability consultant for interactive online media.

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