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News Media Consumption Among Gen Y: Findings

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The audio component of this story can be found here.

Research objectives and a link to the online survey can be found here.

Written By Adam Eucker and Reisha Abolofia

Part One: The Survey

Media is currently undergoing a sweeping transformation.  Due to rapid technological advancements, evolving consumer preferences and a struggling economy, journalists are left asking, “Where is my paycheck?”

To investigate how journalists may earn a living in the future, we decided that the first step is to study an important and emerging demographic: current college-aged students.  This generation of 18 to 24-year-olds can be considered the first generation to have used a computer their entire lives, basically growing up as the Internet established itself as one of the most significant forces on the globe.

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News Media Consumption Among Gen Y: Survey

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The audio component of this story can be found here.

The findings and analysis of this survey can be found here.

This is an interesting poll that was conducted by Reisha Abolofia, Michelle Vu, Ryan Boulanger and Adam Eucker. Our survey’s main objective was to grasp exactly where our age demographic’s feelings are at regarding print and on-line news media.

We pulled surveyors through our Facebook statuses and Twitter updates. It is imperative to have clear assessments of our generation’s news habits. Their interest in news will have an astounding effect on the economic vitality of news organizations and thus their ability to invest in quality journalism.

A few decades ago, adolescent Americans were heavy consumers of news. More than half of the adults under 30 years of age were regular consumers of their daily newspaper. “The notion is that no young person cares about news, and that is wrong,” says Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet and American Life Project. “They’re moving to a different distribution system.”

Similar to our survey results, there was a preference for on-line news media as a primary source. However, with the distribution system provided by the Internet, reliable content is sometimes hard to distinguish from the myriad of outlets available.

Students as News Consumers (Script for Audio)

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Written By: Ryan Boulanger
Narrator: Michelle Vu (with slight voice-over editing)

The Internet is changing how people access media. Most news organizations are having trouble adapting to the changes that are taking place. Print newspapers have dominated news media for centuries but now people want their news faster than a daily newspaper can offer.

Johnny Banchero is a junior at the University of Washington and he’s concerned for the future of print newspapers:
“I completely understand where they’re coming from, where everybody’s moving to online formats and no one our age is subscribing anymore, just because it’s not what they use to get their news but there’s so much history in America behind the newspaper. I do personally enjoy the newspaper and having something physically in your hands.”

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Understanding the future of news

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The producers of this blog are a group of college students concerned with the future of news.  As potential journalists, or at least a fresh group of people entering the digital age, we are studying what is to come of our beloved ink-splattered paper.

From what we’ve learned in class (Com 466 Digital Journalism), we are seeing the trickling effects of printed news transitioning to the Internet.  Everything from jobs, to reporting tools, to business models is all being changed and we want to inform the public through our blog.

In the previous post, we used a fun video to distinguish what exactly is going on in journalism – it is a battle between citizen journalism and traditional journalism.

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June 5, 2009 at 12:12 am

Notes from David Cohn

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David Cohn, or DigiDave, is the founder and creator of Spot.us.  Today, our Digital Journalism class was lucky enough to sit in with him for a video chat on new media and trends in journalism.

Objectivity

“Transparency trumps objectivity.”

  • Some of the best journalism come from advocacy journalism.
  • Good reporting is thorough and accurate – but not necessarily objective.
  • Focusing on objectivity in metropolitan newspapers created a loss and disconnect with “on the ground” local issues.

Community journalism

  • Community journalists and professional news organizations are interdependent.
  • Citizens have amazing ability to cover breaking news, i.e. crisis situations.
  • Reporter as community organizer – use readers as sources.
  • “Do what you do best and link to the rest” –Jeff Jarvis.
  • Hone in on what you do best for added value.
  • Shared power, shared voice.

Interesting ventures in entrepreneurial journalism

Future business models

  • There won’t be one solution –  the best organization will use multiple tools.
  • Being an expert in a certain field results in multiple revenue streams.
  • Hyperlocal journalism fills a niche.

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June 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Video Assignment

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For Kathy Gill‘s course, COM 466 Digital Journalism, students were asked create a two minute video story to gain experience working with video. Students were responsible for the entire process of producing video media, including: story conception, filming, logging, editing and distribution.

Our videos were to be evaluated in terms of content, audio and video.

To view the student video stories, visit the COM 466 course website.

Written by pandrewh

May 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm