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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.

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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  • 1. Some opening thoughts What is media literacy? What is news? And why are young people tuned out?
  • 2. Three characteristics of news • What would you say they are?
  • 3. Three characteristics of news • Proximity
  • 4. Three characteristics of news • Proximity • Celebrity
  • 5. Three characteristics of news • Proximity • Celebrity • Impact
  • 6. What is media literacy? • How would you define it?
  • 7. What is media literacy? • Understanding how to separate reliable from unreliable information
  • 8. What is media literacy? • Understanding how to separate reliable from unreliable information • Understanding the difference between important and trivial
  • 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. 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. 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. Definitions • Millennials (18 to 31 years old) • GenXers (33 to 47) • Baby Boomers (48 to 66) • Silent Generation (67 to 84)
  • 13. Time spent with news
  • 14. Newspaper consumption declines
  • 15. News sources for Millennials
  • 16. News habits of older Americans
  • 17. News habits of Boomers
  • 18. Social media and news • One-third of Millennials and one-fifth of Xers regularly see news headlines on social media
  • 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