Monday, February 27, 2012

February 2012: How comments influence reader perceptions of online news

In online journalism, news is now more than the staff-written news story but a whole package with multiple elements. At the University of Alabama, doctoral student Yan Yan is investigating how, or if, user comments affect people's immediate perceptions of news. Looking beyond positive and negative comments, she included rational and emotional appeals for a four-by-four study design that yields interesting insights.

Read about her work in the February edition of The Convergence Newsletter, then join the conversation here or on the newsletter's Facebook or Google+ pages.

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