What Young People Don't Like About the Web--And News On It

December 2008
Nieman Reports;Winter2008, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p30
The article examines a study conducted at Northwestern University's Media Management Center of how college students reacted to online journalism and mass media Web site news coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Several of the study's findings contradicted what had become conventional assumptions regarding youth's consumption of news on the Internet. Those surveyed followed the election on the Web sites of traditional mass media such as cable television news networks and leading newspapers rather than sites founded to pursue online journalism. The students did not make much use of video and other Web site functions designed to supplement printed material. The primary complaint made by the students about election coverage on these Web sites was that they were presented with too much information which was not organized to provide clarity.


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