Opinary Case Study: How to Ask More Engaging Questions

Opinary leverages a process as old as time (asking questions) with the theory that people have opinions more often than they have comments. We’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a good question. The definition of good? One that makes the audience (ourselves and you included) want to answer. The platform we use to ask those questions is Opinary’s primary product: a polling widget with an average engagement rate of 18 percent. That’s about one in five people leaving their opinion where one in 100 leave a comment. Here’s an example from PRI: Last year, two extraordinary Opinary interns, Rosemarie Foulger and Matthew Baughman, examined 1.2 million opinions shared on 923 Opinary polls. Using a variety of statistical methods, especially Genetic Matching, Rosemarie and Matthew reported causal links between the features of Opinary polls and rates of engagement. Here’s what they learned.

What type of opinions the audience
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‘I WILL FIGHT’: Twitter Roasts Elizabeth Banks Over Steven Spielberg Remarks

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 10.56.30 AM Actress Elizabeth Banks is getting blowback on Twitter after she criticized filmmaker Steven Spielberg for not having female leads in his movies. While accepting an award from the group Women in Film in Los Angeles, she used the Oscar-winning director as an example of how not enough female stories are being told. “I went to ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Jaws’ and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead,” she stated. “Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out but it’s true.” Of the 30 features Spielberg has directed, one did have a female lead: the 1986 film The Color Purple starring Whoopi Goldberg. And Black Twitter took note of her omission.

Media and Journalism Awards: June 15 Edition

Here’s a list of current media and journalism awards, including deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major awards, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org, and we’ll add them to the list. Any Featured Awards are paid sponsorships. Award descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.

Featured Award

Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability
The National Center on Disability and Journalism is now accepting entries for the 2017 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability, the only journalism contest devoted exclusively to disability coverage. Journalists working in digital, print and broadcast media are eligible to enter. Entries are accepted from outside the U.S., although the work submitted must be in English. Awards are given to individuals or teams, with prizes of $5,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third place. Judges also Continue reading "Media and Journalism Awards: June 15 Edition"

Video Released of Steve Scalise Being Removed on a Stretcher After Shooting

MSNBC aired footage of Rep. Steve Scalise being removed on a stretcher after he was shot in the hip by an unknown assailant who opened fire on a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning. Stephanie Ruhle announced the new video, obtained by CBS News, which shows Scalise on a stretcher being taken away from the scene of the shooting by paramedics. Rep. Mo Brooks decribed to CNN this morning the harrowing scene of the assailant opening fire on congressmen, wounding Scalise, who had to drag his body away from the shooter to escape gunfire. Paramedics rushed Scalise to MedStar Washington Hospital to be treated for his wounds. According to a statement released by his office, Scalise was in “good spirits” and spoke to his wife before undergoing surgery:

Angus King: ‘Really Disturbed’ Trump Admin Is ‘Shrugging Off’ Most Serious Attack ‘Since 9/11’

Senator Angus King “self-identifies” as an Independent, and has consistently provided a different voice to both his Republican and Democratic colleagues in the U.S. Senate. During yesterday’s Senate Intelligence Hearing, King earned plaudits for his tough but fair interrogation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and this morning provided a debrief of sorts with CNN New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota. After playing a clip of King’s performance — or more to the point, Sessions artful dodge — Camerota asked “what was the burning question or questions that he did not answer?” King laid into the essence of what has troubled many people regarding this investigation, saying:
Of course, the real question is he talked about, he said the president asked me to write a memo about Comey. Then I said okay, you testified that you had interaction with the president. What else did he say? Did he Continue reading "Angus King: ‘Really Disturbed’ Trump Admin Is ‘Shrugging Off’ Most Serious Attack ‘Since 9/11’"