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Research on Media Literacy and Implications for Youth Engagement

Research on Media Literacy and Implications for Youth Engagement

Recent research by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the home of CIRCLE, has explored how the news media can affect democratic practices and civic engagement.

A study of a Bloggingheads TV debate series found that peoplewho viewed a conversation in which ideological opponents conceded a point by their interlocutor decreased their polarization, increased their understanding of alternative viewpoints, and deepened their interest in the issue.

Research with the Center for Public Integrity found that individuals who read investigative journalism on campaign finance were more informed, alarmed, and likely to say that they wanted to do “something” about it.

These studies, conducted by CIRCLE researchers, have significant implications for youth engagement work.

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