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eCitizenship Webinar #2 on Thursday; How to Attend

On Thursday, citizenship goes digital again as the American Democracy Project’s eCitizenship initiative presents its second webinar, entitled, “Where Do Students Get Their News and Why Does It Matter?” See below for more information on content and how to access the presentation.


Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 1:30 p.m. EDT
eCitizenship Webinar (2):
Where Do Students Get Their News and Why Does It Matter?”

This webinar will summarize research on the ways college students access information and how that impacts their engagement. It will also provide insight on ways to use this information in classes and university programs that seek to help students think critically about the information they access online.

Chapman Rackaway, a political science professor  at Fort Hays State University, will also share the Informed Citizen Project with attendees.

In the pursuit of greater student engagement, ADP has tried to encourage civic participation among students.  The eCitizenship initiative focuses ADP’s efforts in the online world.   To help build the skills that college students need, the Informed Citizen Project brings campuses together to develop and share efforts towards one of civic engagement’s most important foundational skills: media and information literacy.

Media and information literacy are more important than ever.  The fragmented media environment requires that we are more critical of the information we consume than ever.  Online text, audio, and video tools all make for new ways to communicate and engage in civic leadership.  Web 2.0 tools mean that content consumers are now creators and must be cautious about what we communicate to the whole world.  The prevalence of polls mean that today’s voter must understand how survey research works to ensure they maximize the informational value of polls.

The Informed Citizen Project Areas of focus:

1)      News consumption

2)      Recall of news

3)      Print and online media

4)      Web 2.0 and students as content producers

5)      Source differentiation

6)      Critical thinking

7)      Polling and data criticism

The Informed Citizen Project is beginning to add member schools who are currently engaged in or interested in creating media and information literacy programs to join.  Project member schools share best practices in college-level media and information literacy and innovate new programs to ensure the next generation of graduates have the critical thinking skills necessary to be leaders in today’s society.

TO JOIN THIS EVENT, on Thursday, October 24th at 1:30 p.m. EDT, visit: to view the webinar AND then via phone (US Toll Free: 1-866-642-1665, enter participant code 499385) to access the audio for the meeting.

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the other three webinars:

  • December 5, 3013 @ 1:30pm EDT
    “Shared Values and Collective Impact”
  • January 23, 2014 @ 1:30pm EDT
    “Project Management for Student Leadership”
  • February 20, 2014 @ 1:30pm EDT
    “Sustaining Student Leadership on Civic Engagement Projects”
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