Despite more news platforms conveniently available 24/7 and diverse ways to engage with news, getting informed about news is no longer a national priority. For the Millennial generation news is less important, and for some young adults, news is not even in their lives. A Pew Research Center biennial news consumption survey called 29% of young adults “newsless.”
News Engagement Day will not only contribute to an informed society, it will encourage people of all ages to explore news and raise awareness about the importance of being informed. News Engagement Day will also help people discover the benefits of news, whether giving them something new to talk and tweet about or making them feel empowered as they learn news can be helpful in their daily lives. And in an era when public regard for the press is at its lowest level, News Engagement Day provides an opportunity to better educate the public about the press’ principles, process, watchdog role, and First Amendment rights.
2013-2014 AEJMC President Paula Poindexter, who created News Engagement Day in 2014 as one of her presidential initiatives, says each and every person’s participation is important. Through News Engagement Day, everyone can be a part of making engaging with news a national priority again. For more information, please email Paula Poindexter at email@example.com.
AEJMC (The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals. The Association’s mission is to advance education, foster scholarly research, cultivate better professional practice and promote the free flow of communication. To find out more about AEJMC, visit www.AEJMC.org.