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As interest in news decreases, students find alternative ways to stay informed

Many studies have shown that the new generation of Americans is less interested in the news than their predecessors from the pre-digital age, according to the American Press Institute.

“This generation tends not to consume news in discrete sessions or by going directly to news providers, instead, news and information are woven into an often continuous but mindful way that millennials connect to the world generally, which mixes news with social connection, problem-solving, social action, and entertainment,” according to the American Press Institute.

Paige Wheeler, a freshman studying psychology, said she gets her news “by what people post on Facebook. It is quick and easy.”

“I first see news on social media because that is the most well-known way to get news now, but if I want more information, I will look it up online,” said Jenna Jarmin, a freshman studying exercise physiology.

Journalism.org found that only five percent of millennials get news from a newspaper, whereas 48 percent of people who are 65 and older do.

“I usually am on social media and online more frequently than I am looking at a newspaper to find out the news,” said Angeline Lewis, a freshman studying exercise physiology. “I access most of my social media and online news via my phone.”

The Pew Research Center found that over half of Facebook and Twitter users get news from those social networking sites, Facebook more so than Twitter.

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“I used to check websites like CNN or MSN, but as Snapchat and Facebook have gotten more popular, I have begun to notice a generational shift to those outlets to find out news and other things,” said Carol Wilding, a freshman majoring in interdisciplinary studies. “I think it has to do with people wanting to connect with other people, even if it is just reading or commenting on the news.”

According to Journalism.org, 66 percent of adults get news on both laptops and mobile devices. Thirteen percent of adults get news only on a desktop or laptop and five percent only do so on a mobile device. However, the preference is a mobile device.

“Honestly I just turn my news app notification on and just get the basics from that,” said Tara Price, a sophomore studying childhood education. “Otherwise I’ll just check Snapchat before I go to bed as well.”

The Pew Research Center found that 14 percent of social media users post their own photos of news events to a social networking site, while 12 percent post videos.

“I usually get the news from social media,” said Kaya Stahle, a senior studying geology. “I don’t specifically go looking for the news. It is just part of my feed.”

According to the Pew Research Center, 65 percent of Facebook news consumers regularly see news about people and events in their own community. News about national government and politics is seen by 55 percent, which is closely followed by sports with 57 percent and crime with 51 percent.

“I enjoy news about sports and my community,” said Allison Garret, a sophomore studying communication. “I know Facebook tailors what pops up on my feed to the things that I have liked or shared so that I am seeing information that I am interested in. This is usually a good thing, but sometimes I wonder what I am not seeing and if it was important or not.”

Newsweek said when millennials enjoy regular news media, they will only read arguments that confirm their current beliefs.

“On average, millennials regularly follow about 10 different news topics,” according to Newsweek. “About half of those topics fit into the ‘hard news’ category, including politics and civil rights issues.”

Wilding said she tries to stay current with the news and will always try to get the best source, even if she does not agree with it.


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