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Shared Ideas About News Engagement
For the past decade I have been concerned that news engagement may be a thing of the past. My uneasiness has grown as I have watched the changing of the generational guard from Baby Boomers to Millennials, the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s who today range in age from late teens to early 30s. While the commitment to news engagement was strong among Baby Boomers and the generations that came before them, Millennials’ commitment to seeking news is comparatively weak. Millennials may bump into news while on the internet, social media, and their smartphones but running into news while doing something else is not a model for sustained future news engagement or an informed democratic society.
While some worry about the skills our journalism and communication students need for an ever-changing media landscape, I worry about the consequences of declining news engagement on the future of the news media, our democratic society, and a public that needs to be informed to fully participate in civic life. MORE