Ashley also is a Faculty Research Associate with the Engaging News Project, a research group that "envisions a vibrant American news media that more effectively empowers the public to understand, appreciate, and participate in the democratic exchange of ideas." Her work with ENP has studied whether news quizzes can help site visitors, Respect buttons can encourage people to engage with counterattitudinal comments, clickbait headlines actually lead to clicks, and New York Times comments with uncivil partisan content prompt more engagement from users than other comments.

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