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Be part of News Engagement Day on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017!

Where do you get your news? Do you even bother with news?

The answers to these questions are the main reason more and more college campuses are taking part in News Engagement Day.

Despite the 24/7 global news cycle, keeping up with current events has become less and less important to Americans. Trust in news media is at an all-time low and artificial news is worldwide.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication created News Engagement Day in 2014 to encourage people of all ages to become better informed by reading, watching, listening to, and discussing news as well as learning more about journalism’s purpose and principles in a democratic society.

According to the Pew Research Center, only 27 percent of 18 to 29 year-olds regularly seek out daily news. About 46 percent of those ages 30 to 49 say they follow news all or most of the time. Even their parents and grandparents engage less with news than in years past. Compare that to 1967 when Journalism Quarterly research showed that 87 percent of American adults read a newspaper every day. Pew research also tells us that a third of young adults get their news only from social media. Thus, the so-called filter bubble!

At UAS, we want to change these statistics. I hope all faculty will join in the effort in your classrooms, which is the best place to reach our students. Check out library displays, invite a librarian to talk about research in your discipline, or help students learn how to fact check stories and avoid artificial news. Invite a local news reporter to your classroom. Learn about journalism ethics. If your classes don’t meet on Tuesday, or you only meet online, please engage your students in news sometime during this week.

You and your students are also invited to join Anthropology 101 and Communications 111 as we host a discussion on news with former CNN Digital Executive Producer Chuck Thompson and Peter Bale, the launch editor of the new WikiTribune, which aims to “to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events.” We’re meeting in Egan Lecture Hall at 11:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd.

If you can’t be there in person, watch the YouTube Live Stream:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-EsJfNzuAY, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Watch the conversation live, embed into a webpage, or watch afterwards.

While News Engagement Day is an annual global event on the first Tuesday of October, news engagement should be every day. We hope that will be true at UAS!

Follow News Engagement Day across other campuses and tell others what UAS is doing at #newsengagementday.

Rosemarie Alexander, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Communications

News Engagement Resources

Media Research

News Engagement / News Literacy

WikiTribune

MediaLit

News Associations

Journalism Ethics

First Amendment / Press Advocacy

Other Resources

Media Access / Traditional Sources

Major broadcast and cable news networks

In Juneau

Media Reporters to Follow

  • @brianstelter (Brian Stelter, Sr. Media Correspondent and Host, “Reliable Sources,” CNN)
  • @jimrutenberg (Jim Rutenberg, Media Columnist, New York Times)
  • @DylanByers (Dylan Byers, Sr. Reporter for Media & Politics, CNN)
  • @Sulliview (Margaret Sullivan, Media Columnist, Washington Post)
  • @davidfolkenflik (David Folkenflik, Media Correspondent, NPR)
 
 

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