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Young People and the Future of News
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Young People and the Future of News traces the practices that are evolving as young people come to see news increasingly as something shared via social networks and social media rather than produced and circulated solely by professional news organizations. The book introduces the concept of connective journalism, clarifying the role of creating and sharing stories online as a key precursor to collective and connective political action. At the center of the story are high school students from low-income minority and immigrant communities who often feel underserved or misrepresented by mainstream media but express a strong interest in politics and their communities. Drawing on in-depth field work in three major urban areas over the course of ten years, Young People and the Future of News sheds light on how young people share news that they think others should know about, express solidarity, and bring into being new publics and counter-publics.

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'Clark and Marchi take an unsparing look at how young people today are getting, creating and sharing their news by-passing traditional news organizations. It’s a sobering, insightful probe into four urban communities and a cautionary tale for news organizations whose very existence depends on reaching the next generation of news consumers.'

Lulu Garcia-Navarro - Host of 'Weekend Edition Sunday', National Public Radio

'Much here will be eye-opening to those who are too quick to dismiss the political consciousness of the coming generation and the future of journalism. Rather than focusing on youth news consumption as a problem, this book shows what's working about how young people share news and information with each other and what its implications are for fostering even greater degrees of civic and political participation.'

Henry Jenkins - Co-author of By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism

'In this beautifully written book, Clark and Marchi insightfully look beneath popular claims of youth apathy to reveal the multidimensionality of young Americans’ engagement with the news and the potential for reconnecting them to powerful media and political processes.'

Sonia Livingstone - The London School of Economics and Political Science and author of The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age

'The future of democracy depends on how today’s young people learn to use, share, and produce the news. Clark and Marchi offer an impressive theoretical framework and rich and insightful narratives of actual youth to diagnose the current crisis and propose solutions.'

Peter Levine - Associate Dean and Lincoln Filene Professor, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University, Massachusetts

'A timely and pertinent volume. If you are curious about how young people can reinvent the future of journalism, read this outstanding and insightful book.'

Zizi Papacharissi - Head of Communications, University of Illinois,Chicago

'In the midst of severe and interlocking crises of political alienation, distrust of news media, growing poverty, and racial and ethnic conflict, Young People and the Future of News offers original and important insights into the possibilities for disenfranchised youth to engage with political issues and make their voices matter.'

Stig Hjarvard - University of Copenhagen

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Contents

  • 1 - Young People, Journalism, and Politics
    pp 18-34

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