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


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

October 18, 2013

Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2013-19

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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.

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Date posted: October 22, 2013  

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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

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Sandra Clio Cortesi (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
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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