University of Texas at Austin

For Support Of The Center For Media Engagement's Research To Improve Online Journalism

  • Amount
    $510,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    2/1/2018
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    Project
Overview
The Center for Media Engagement, housed in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, researches, develops, and tests innovations in how newsrooms can better present news in a rapidly changing digital age. The Center works to help news organizations make decisions based on business and democratic considerations that are informed by social-scientific research. The Center aims to help news audiences gain information, appreciate diverse views, and become more engaged in the political process. This grant will support new research on how news can cut across political divides, how to signal (mis)information, and how to increase understanding across news sources and newsrooms.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.utexas.edu 
Address
302 West 24th Street, Austin, TX, 78722, United States
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for the Diversity Fellowship to The University of Texas School of Law's Nonprofit Organizations Institute  
This grant is to establish and fund the Diversity Fellowship to The University of Texas School of Law's Nonprofit Organizations Institute. The fellowship encourages diversity and participation in the tax-exempt organizations practice of law by introducing law students to the practice area, providing opportunities for mentorship, and creating a network of law students interested in pursuing the practice. The fellowship allows up to 10 recipients per year to attend the annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute, a professional education conference held each January in Austin and to be matched with a practitioner mentor for the duration of the program.
for support of behaviorial science research on online engagement with media  
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for support of an integrated cybersecurity studies program  
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