Youth News Perceptions and Behaviors Online: How Youth Access and Share Information in a Chicago Community Affected by Gang Violence

15 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2013  

Sandra Cortesi

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Paulina Haduong

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Urs Gasser

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Meredith Beaton

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Date Written: October 18, 2013

Abstract

Informed by our own research and practice, the brief aims to discuss how youth define news, where they get their news from, what role social media plays in their news-seeking behavior, and why they might prefer one medium over another, depending on the context. The brief includes insights and quotes gathered through a series of in-person focus group interviews (which included a questionnaire), putting our findings in dialogue with existing literature as well as data gathered by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Six focus group interviews with 47 youth in Chicago were conducted by the Youth and Media team. The sample was primarily composed of African-American (50%) and Latino (43.5%) youth, ranging in age from 14 to 19, with a mean age of 15.74 (SD=1.29). The sample was comprised of 14 males (29.8%) and 33 females (70.2%). Most participants came from communities located on the West and South sides of Chicago, and although we did not have reliable data on their socio-economic status, it is highly likely that most participants live in low-income communities. Because our sample had very specific demographic characteristics, it is improbable that this sample can be considered representative of all Chicago youth.

Suggested Citation

Cortesi, Sandra and Haduong, Paulina and Gasser, Urs and Beaton, Meredith, Youth News Perceptions and Behaviors Online: How Youth Access and Share Information in a Chicago Community Affected by Gang Violence (October 18, 2013). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2013-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2342308 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2342308

Sandra Clio Cortesi (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Paulina Lanchi Haduong

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Urs Gasser

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

HOME PAGE: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/ugasser.html

Meredith Beaton

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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