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Young People & News

Research Team Leader: Professor Lynn Schofield Clark

Young People and the Future of News

Students attend the Estlow Breakfast 2017How do young people relate to civic life and to the news media? With the rise of the digital media environment and the challenges facing traditional journalism industries, this question has been the focus of increasing debate among scholars, educators and policymakers throughout the past decade. On the one hand, leaders bemoan the declining interest in news consumption among young people. On the other hand, some have argued that it is not young people who are the source of the problem but rather the shortcomings lie within journalism itself and perhaps within television news in particular.

A new book by the director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media, Young People and the Future of News , finds that through technology, young people are not only staying informed but making news and changing the culture of media worldwide.

"Rather than relying on news organizations to tell them what is newsworthy, they're deciding for themselves — and usually that decision is influenced not by where the news came from but by who told them about it," said Lynn Schofield Clark.

The new book is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of Clark and her research team and Regina Marchi, associate professor in journalism and media studies at Rutgers University. Clark has focused on high school-based media and journalism programs in the Rocky Mountain region, and Marchi has looked at young people's involvement in community radio programs in the Boston and New York City areas.

Young People and the Future of News: Social Media and the Rise of Connective Journalism is available now from Cambridge University Press.