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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Featured: Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication

Civic Engagement and Community Information: Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication, is a new policy paper by CIRCLE Director, Peter Levine.  It was released on June 10, 2011 in Chicago at a high-level roundtable discussion.  The report calls on community and elected leaders to adopt sensible strategies to strengthen civic communication and citizen engagement. The Read More >

June 10th, 2011
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The Internet’s Role in Making Engaged Citizens

This first-of-its-kind study, which was partially funded by CIRCLE, examined three types of behavior: politically-driven online participation, online exposure to diverse perspectives, and interest-driven online participation. Youth who pursue their interest on the Internet are more likely to be engaged in civic and political issues, according to the study of student Internet usage authored by Read More >

February 23rd, 2011
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CIRCLE receives two grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service announced a $570,000 grant to CIRCLE at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Public Service at Tufts University. The grant will support CIRCLE in building an online community that college students throughout the greater Boston area will use to pool information, deliberate, and coordinate their service and activism. Read More >

September 26th, 2008
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Civic Life Online

MIT Press has published Civic Life Online: Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth, a volume edited by CIRCLE advisory board member W. Lance Bennett with a chapter by CIRCLE director Peter Levine entitled, “A Public Voice for Youth: The Audience Problem in Digital Media and Civic Education.” The book is part of the John Read More >

December 28th, 2007
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Television Consumption and Civic Engagement Among 15 to 25 Year Olds

by Alexander P. Orlowski December 2007 Based on data from the Civic and Political Health of the Nation surveys (2002 and 2006), this fact sheet investigates the correlation between television consumption and civic engagement. The research found that in nineteen different civic activities young people who watch TV less than two hours a day participated Read More >

December 11th, 2007
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