IDN: Opening Thoughts

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Some first-day talking points about what is news, what is media literacy and why young people aren't paying as much attention to the news as older generations.

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IDN: Opening Thoughts

  1. 1. Some opening thoughts What is media literacy? What is news? And why are young people tuned out?
  2. 2. Three characteristics of news • What would you say they are?
  3. 3. Three characteristics of news • Proximity
  4. 4. Three characteristics of news • Proximity • Celebrity
  5. 5. Three characteristics of news • Proximity • Celebrity • Impact
  6. 6. What is media literacy? • How would you define it?
  7. 7. What is media literacy? • Understanding how to separate reliable from unreliable information
  8. 8. What is media literacy? • Understanding how to separate reliable from unreliable information • Understanding the difference between important and trivial
  9. 9. What is media literacy? • Understanding how to separate reliable from unreliable information • Understanding the difference between important and trivial • Understanding the difference between fact and opinion
  10. 10. News consumption by age group • Surveys by the Pew Research Center show that young people are less likely to be connected to the news
  11. 11. News consumption by age group • Surveys by the Pew Research Center show that young people are less likely to be connected to the news • Why do you think that’s the case?
  12. 12. Definitions • Millennials (18 to 31 years old) • GenXers (33 to 47) • Baby Boomers (48 to 66) • Silent Generation (67 to 84)
  13. 13. Time spent with news
  14. 14. Newspaper consumption declines
  15. 15. News sources for Millennials
  16. 16. News habits of older Americans
  17. 17. News habits of Boomers
  18. 18. Social media and news • One-third of Millennials and one-fifth of Xers regularly see news headlines on social media
  19. 19. Social media and news • One-third of Millennials and one-fifth of Xers regularly see news headlines on social media • But only 35 percent say they follow up and track down the full story

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