Lynn Schofield Clark

I interview young people from various backgrounds about their news habits. Or more precisely, I want to understand how young people find out and then share certain forms of information with their peers: information about the events, decisions, and activities that have, or that might have, an impact on their lives.

Over the summer, I was talking with a junior in high school who was very involved in his school’s student government and had considered a life in public service. I asked him how he learned about what was newsworthy. “Honestly?” He said. “I start every morning by looking at Instagram, and if something shows up as a meme, I figure I’d better find out why.”

Young people do not seek out news, but rather they happen upon it, as Regina Marchi and I (2017) discuss in our book, Young People and the Future of News. The pathway to Continue reading