Young People & The News, Fake and Otherwise

  It’s hard to talk about journalism’s positive contributions today without recognizing the imbalances that are shaping our experiences of news. What do we do about the fact that there are large swaths of the U.S. population who seem to live in a universe where facts, and even fact-checking, is met with resistance because those… Read More Young People & The News, Fake and Otherwise

Social media practices are changing how we’re informed: and democracy is at risk

Here’s a study on news consumption in social media spaces that is worth highlighting, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. in March 2017 (too late for inclusion in our book, unfortunately). This was a study that analyzed the news consumption patterns of 376 million Facebook users over 6… Read More Social media practices are changing how we’re informed: and democracy is at risk

The Summer Youth Media Mentoring Project

Sometimes when you’re an educator, you learn more than you teach. I had a summer like that. Thanks to the University of Denver’s Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning, my colleagues in the Graduate School of Social Work, along with me and some students from the Media, Film & Journalism Studies department and the Open… Read More The Summer Youth Media Mentoring Project

New study finds low trust for news among young people

Young people use a variety of strategies for verifying news and put little trust in traditional legacy journalism outlets, according to a new study by Data & Society and the Knight Foundation. The study is titled How Youth Navigate the News Landscape, and is based on analysis of interviews conducted with 6 focus groups with… Read More New study finds low trust for news among young people

What do we know about young people and news?

First, the bad news: 1. Between 2009 and 2010, the number of U.S. young people who watched television news dropped 12%. (Pew Research Ctr for People & the Press 2010) 2. Most people under 40 consider news to be impractical, inconvenient, environmentally unfriendly and boring. (Shorenstein Ctr on the Press, Politics & Public Policy 2007)… Read More What do we know about young people and news?