Young news consumers want convenience and context, says study

Remember the stereotypical sitcom father who was always shown ritually smoking a pipe and reading the newspaper?


That’s a far cry from today’s...

Remember the stereotypical sitcom father who was always shown ritually smoking a pipe and reading the newspaper?


That’s a far cry from today’s young news consumers, according to an Associated Press survey of 18-to-34-year-olds from around the world, which studied the habits of 18 young people in Houston, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Brighton, UK, and Hyderabad, India.


The study presents a challenge for news organizations because it reveals that young people have no ritual of news consumption, but that they do want context in their stories at a time when many publications are cutting word counts.


It also found that many young people get their news from e-mail.

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