Designing for Trust: How Online News Consumers View and Interpret Informational Transparency Boxes

Abstract: A mixed-factorial laboratory eye-tracking experiment (N=90) examined web design’s role in the effectiveness of news transparency informational boxes on drawing consumers’ visual attention and the role of reading process box content in shaping perceptions of the article and publication. Results show that both a no-box design and high-contrast box design drew readers’ attention to information boxes, and that attention to box content situationally affected perceptions of reporting ethics but did not significantly influence credibility.

Technology and digital journalism: Uses and effects in storytelling.

Abstract: This panel will provide a discussion on benefits and challenges of teaching journalism innovation and will offer tips on how to include technology innovation in journalism classes. It will offer perspectives from both academia and industry, including the experience of one professor who has adopted digital and hackathon culture to produce award-winning, innovative journalism in his class – for seven straight semesters, and practical tools that Google News Lab offers for facilitating news reporting. We will also offer perspectives on how to use drones to enhance broadcast reporting classes, how to teach VR journalism inside and outside the traditional classroom setting, and we will examine major pitfalls instructors should anticipate when teaching with new technology.