What is News Engagement Day?
After first proposing News Engagement Day in her book, Millennials, News, and Social Media: Is News Engagement a Thing of the Past?, because of her concerns about declining news consumption, Paula Poindexter, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, developed the idea of an annual day devoted to engaging with news and revitalizing the importance of being informed as one of her most important initiatives as the 2013-2014 president of AEJMC. The first News Engagement Day, which was called National News Engagement Day, was announced at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC and kicked off Tuesday, October 7, 2014.
On News Engagement Day, people of all ages across the globe are encouraged to read, watch, listen to, and discuss news as well as share News Engagement Day activities using #newsengagementday. It is also hoped that journalists and journalism educators will use News Engagement Day to help educate everyone about journalism’s purpose and principles in a democratic society.
When is News Engagement Day?
News Engagement Day is always the first Tuesday in October, a day that was selected with the hope that it would inspire the public to follow the news and get informed before November elections. This year, News Engagement Day falls on October 4, 2016.
How to Participate
Everyone is encouraged to engage with the news and participate in discussions through social media on News Engagement Day using #newsengagementday. Classrooms and news organizations around the world are encouraged to plan special events ranging from guest speakers to exhibits. Journalism professionals are encouraged to visit with students to discuss their work and many professors and teachers plan class projects that promote engagement in creative ways. Visit (insert link to Top 10) for ideas on how you and your organization can get involved.
About the Sponsor
News Engagement Day is a program of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), a nonprofit of more than 3,700 journalism and communication educators, media professionals and graduate students. The mission of AEJMC is to promote the highest standards in journalism and communication education and to defend freedom of communication for better professional practice and a better informed public.
The News Engagement Day logo was designed by Amy Zerba, a senior staff editor at the New York Times.
Follow News Engagement Day on Social Media #newsengagementday
On twitter: @newsengagement