Request for Participants: Engaging Online research study

Engaging Online: How engagement journalists are navigating the digital transition in time of crisis

As engagement has been complicated by COVID-19, we want to understand how journalists are navigating the digital transition in the time of crisis.

The University of Oregon’s Agora Journalism Center, in collaboration with the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, is conducting a study of how journalists are pursuing community engagement at a time when interactions must now be online-only, and how their work may be shifting. How and to what extent are engagement practices changing for newsrooms, both those with significant digital experience and those without?

The study will build upon Meetr, an application designed to track engagement efforts, provide a visual representation of your engagement growth, and communicate the value of this work to newsrooms, supervisors, and communities.

We’re looking for up to 15 U.S.-based journalists who are currently working on or planning an engaged journalism project to participate in a six-month study that will help evaluate how they are doing their work. Over the course of the study, we will interview each participant twice and they will self-interview once, using the Meetr guidelines.

How to Apply

Answer a few questions on this Google Form. All responses are due by Friday, April 24, 2020 by 5 pm PT.


Thanks to the support from the News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY, selected participants will receive a $400 honorarium, to be paid in two installments.


  • Must have experience with engaged journalism and be planning or currently implementing an engagement project
  • Must be continuing to practice engaged journalism online during the pandemic
  • The project must be embedded within a news organization
  • News organization/project must be located within the United States


  • Be available to be interviewed by the research team at the beginning and end of the study period
  • Self administer and record an interview at the midpoint of the study period.


  • April 24 – Deadline to respond with your interest in participating
  • May 1 – Participants notified
  • May – November 2020 –  Selected projects participate in two interviews with researchers, employ Meetr to independently conduct at least one reflection session, and complete a short survey three times


Please direct any additional questions to Andrew DeVigal at