CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

News & Entertainment Media

This series of research products address the news and entertainment media and civic engagement. Examples include the young adults’ sources of news and the relationship between television consumption and civic engagement.

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Five Takeaways on Social Media and the Youth Vote in 2018

According to our estimates, youth political engagement in the 2018 midterm elections was among the highest in recent decades. An estimated 31% turned out to vote, compared to 21% in 2014. In addition, beyond the ballot box, our pre-election survey of youth suggests that youth activism is on the rise, with the percentage of youth Read More >

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November 15th, 2018
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The Impact of Local News on Youth Political Engagement

In a new blog post for 22×20—a media literacycampaign co-led by CIRCLE that aims to get the 22 million newly eligible voters in 2020 ready to participate in elections—CIRCLE’s Director of Impact Abby Kiesa uses data from our exclusive youth poll to explore the relationship between local news and political engagement. Our data show that Read More >

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October 30th, 2018
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A Civic Imperative for Media Literacy

A new article co-authored by Abby Kiesa, CIRCLE’s Director of Impact; and D.C. Vito, Co-founder of The LAMP, highlights the connections between media literacy and civic education and engagement, and argues for a youth-centered, participatory approach to teaching this vital civic skill. They write: “Unifying media literacy and civic engagement reinforces the reality that civic Read More >

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June 28th, 2018
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Research on News Media and Implications for Youth Engagement

Recent research by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the home of CIRCLE, has tried to understand whether and how the news media can impact broad democratic practices. This work includes experiments conducted by CIRCLE researchers in collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) and with Bloggingheads TV that have Read More >

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June 17th, 2015
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Information Literacy in High School Civics

With news sources changing rapidly and fragmenting along ideological lines, understanding how to use news and information media (“information literacy”) is an important civic skill. A new fact sheet by CIRCLE deputy director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg explores the extent to which information literacy is taught in high school civics classes and how its teaching varies. Using Read More >

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January 9th, 2014
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