The following is a list of websites, mobile applications, and platforms that were created to engage millennial audiences and appeal to a younger generation of news consumers.
Apple News – This app for iPhone allows user to access news from a variety of major outlets in one place. Users can also customize the types of stories that come across the app’s feed and receive news alerts and notifications on their screen.
BuzzFeed – BuzzFeed is one of the most well known digital-only media companies created for a millennial audience. The site sets out to produce highly shareable content, such as entertaining listicles and videos, and in 2011 hired reporters to begin covering serious news stories.
HuffPost College – One of the many sections on HuffingtonPost.com, HuffPost College features stories of interest to millennial audiences such as campus sexual assault cases and unequal pay in the workplace for young women.
Mic – A native news site for young adults who “crave substantive news,” according to its millennial founders. The site’s content reaches 30 million visitors each month.
“Millennials and News” Facebook Page – “Millennials and News,” which provides daily curated news from trusted sources on a Facebook page, was founded by University of Texas at Austin journalism professor Paula Poindexter and her millennial daughter Alexandra Wilson to help millennials become more informed by highlighting three types of news: (1) news Millennials should know; (2) news of interest to Millennials, and (3) news about Millennials. Each story posted on “Millennials and News” is introduced with a description of the story’s essence in the context of why it matters. Now five years old, “Millennials and News” is used on more than a dozen college campuses around the country.
theSkimm – Created by two millennial women, theSkimm is a free email newsletter that provides synopses—sometimes humorous; other times flippant but always conversational—of the day’s top national and global news stories each morning.
Snapchat Discover- Snapchat users can swipe through short videos or graphics posted by news organizations, and swipe up to read the whole article, using Snapchat’s Discover platform. After 24 hours the stories disappear and are replaced with fresh content.
Social News Network – Students in Robert Quigley’s social media journalism course at the University of Texas aggregate news, entertainment, and sports stories throughout the day to post across social media channels through Social Network News.
USA Today College – USA Today College posts original stories about news on college campuses that students are interested in and should be aware of. The news stories are written by a network of USA TODAY College interns.
Vox – An explanatory journalism site that focuses on helping readers make sense of complex policy, news and cultural topics. The site is also known for its short, social media-friendly, explanatory videos.
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