Millennials fail to embrace civic duty to keep informed
Authors: Douglas F. Cannon, Jenn Burleson Mackay
This study from Newspaper Research Journal renewed research among millennials into the civic duty to keep informed. Max McCombs and Paula Poindexter introduced the concept in 1982 and revisited it in 2000. They found that voting-age adults consistently expressed a civic duty to keep informed about current affairs. Little research since 2000 has checked if this civic duty persists — especially among millennials. Results from this limited 2014 study provided little evidence that millennials recognized a civic duty to keep informed. Millennials knew about the duty. They regularly consumed news. But they showed no clear commitment to keeping up with civic or political events.
“When Citizens and Journalists Interact on Twitter: Expectations of journalists’ performance on social media and perceptions of media bias”
Authors: Homero Gil de Zúñiga, Trevor Diehl, Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu
This study, published in Journalism Studies, examines how expectations about journalistic practices on social media — particularly Twitter, which has become the leading social media platform for journalists to break news and build a following — influence audience engagement with journalists and, in turn, perceptions of editorial bias. A survey in the United States showed that expectations about the practice of “good journalism” on social media predict engagement with journalists on Twitter, and that personal interactions lead to lower levels of perceived bias in news media.
Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey: “Americans Are Poorly Informed About Basic Constitutional Provisions”
A national survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center shows that many Americans are poorly informed about basic constitutional provisions. The Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey finds that more than half of Americans incorrectly think it is accurate to say that undocumented immigrants do not have any rights under the U.S. Constitution; more than a third can’t name any of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment; and only a quarter can name all three branches of government. These results show the need for high-quality civics education in schools and for press reporting that underscores the existence of constitutional protections.
“Mobile News Consumption: A habit of snacking”
Author: Logan Molyneux
This study, published in Digital Journalism, investigates news consumption on mobile devices with the goal of identifying where mobile devices fit into people’s media repertoires and how consumption patterns on them are different from those on other platforms. Results suggest that mobile devices are almost always used along with other platforms for getting news, that news sessions on smartphones are shorter than on other platforms, and mobile news consumption happens more times per day and is spread throughout the day. These findings enhance our understanding of the news audience and their practices and impact the work of news producers as well.