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

Students in Jeffco Learn about News, School Boards, & Voting

Photo from Nicholas Garcia, Chalkbeat Students in Jefferson County, Colorado are learning first-hand about dissent and political action.  They’re also learning, inadvertently, about how the political process of voting matters, and why the news media, too, matter. Because voters in Jefferson County tend to be older and more conservative, a conservative school board was elected… Read More Students in Jeffco Learn about News, School Boards, & Voting