We can see that the feeling of trust towards traditional news outlets is strong among our teens, but we also see them consuming news content in different forms and through more non-traditional means. So, how do we want to define news? Do we go by what is described as journalism, or by what has news value?
The teens see more traditional and established news producers as more trustworthy and credible because of features like the journalistic profession and a more slow going organisational structure. In contrast to this they also appreciate the directness and quick flow of information in more non-traditional forms of news outlets. They also like having the possibility of getting first hand information through personal social media accounts, this is however something to also be vary about as it opens up the possibility for people spreading biased information or not revealing their political standpoint.
Our participants followed activist accounts, public service organisations, but still mostly relied on traditional news outlets. It’s not at all unusual for them to be actively looking for information either, usually using Google to find more information from other sources after seeing something online. The initial contact with news is almost exclusively on social media, whether it be traditional news or other forms of news.
This is a brief summary of what we think the most important insights from our talks with youngsters are, now we would like to hear about what you think! What are your thoughts on these topics? Please share your thoughts below in the discussion forum. Feel free to write as much or little you want!
What do you think?
The weakness of Instagram is that it is mostly private people interacting, friends I follow and so on. What's in the papers is true, it's written by people who have news-making as a job, would you agree?
About big news stories, I usually get information about it through memes! Where do you think you find out about news?
I think the media in my country usually only presents a western perspective, and I want to understand other perspectives too! I follow some foreign news to keep up to date and see things differently. Do you also think this is important? Where do you go to challenge your beliefs?
Thank you for taking part in our research project!
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