By paulgillin | July 13, 2007 - 6:07 am - Posted in Journalism, NewMedia, Newspapers

The Harvard Crimson remarks upon new research showing that “only one in 20 teens and one in 12 young adults say they read the newspaper on close to a daily basis.” The research was published by the Kennedy School of Government’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

The survey of 1,800 young Americans also found that young people are more likely to get news by word of mouth and with very limited depth and perspective. They’re also likely to click or channel-surf away from news after seeing the headlines. They retain few details.

Perspective and depth have always been the value that newspapers provided to news coverage, but young people are clearly rejecting choosing not to consume it. In a world that’s awash in information and which constantly whipsaws and distracts us with headlines, how are we going to create a culture that values insight and analysis? Who’s got the time for that?

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