In the current issue of CommonWealth, Dan Kennedy writes that "despite being saturated with media, young people, when surveyed, evince a notable aversion to news media."
Join us for the final RealTalk of 2007 as we explore the disconnect between young adults and the traditional media. We will discuss what the traditional media could be doing to attract a younger generation and how new media and alternative media have redefined news.
UConn's Neag School of Education hosts its 6th annual Northeast Media Literacy Conference April 11 2008. The event will see discussions from "an unusually diverse group of innovative leaders and topics in the study of the mass media and its great impact upon today’s young people and their thinking, priorities, decisions, actions, and their values."
In addition to keynote speaches from cultural anthropologist Dr. Michael Wesch and author Anatasia Goodstein, the event offers "twenty timely workshops based on key media literacy related areas – The Role of Today’s Advancing Technology, Mass Media’s Depiction of Today’s Culture and Values, Philosophy and Theory, Standards and Curriculum, Classroom Activities, Research and Evaluation, Teacher Education, and Media Production."
A new initiative to teach youth how to become "citizen journalists" has been launched at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and researchers are asking teachers to share curriculum and project ideas at a Wed., Sept. 26 focus-group dinner in Cambridge starting at 6 p.m. Individuals involved in video, journalism or new-media projects involving youth are welcomed.
The 7th World Young Reader Conference will explore the full range of new strategies and tactics newspapers need to adopt in order to successfully connect with a generation increasingly accustomed to satisfying their news and information needs on their own terms and through increasingly non-traditional means and methods.
The event will take place in Washington, D.C. at the Capital Hilton, situated at 16th and K streets, near major sites that include the Washington Monument and the White House.
Visit: http://www.wan-press.org/nie/articles.php?id=558 for complete details
The population of young adults (25-34) in all New England states declined much more sharply than the national average from 1990 to 2004, a Jan. 10, 2007 fact sheet from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire shows. During that time period, the population of young adults in New England declined nearly 25 percent, compared to the national average decline of 7 percent.