Young people in general consume news sporadically, think traditional news sources are biased and feel responsible for verifying the information they consume.
A recent report from the Knight Foundation details the eye-opening results of a study from Data & Society Research Institute on youth news consumption behavior. The study was conducted in mid-2016 and focused on the impact of social media, mobile devices and messaging apps. Through the findings, they were then able to analyze how young people are utilizing the modern media system to discover news they can trust. Any media organizations that are attempting to successfully engage with the youth more should take a look at some of the findings and takeaways discussed in the report.
Sayo Akao is a recent graduate from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. As digital communication specialist in the News Co/Lab, Akao is assisting the team to create positive change in news literacy through a variety of different approaches.