ERIC Number: ED191759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
News Media and Politicization: American Youth 1969-1975.
Jones, Ruth S.
This document discusses a study undertaken to analyze news media usage among 13- and 17-year-old students. Specifically, television, radio, and newspaper attention levels are assessed and interest in news topics are compared with topics of interest to teenagers during the Vietnam-Watergate era. The objective is to provide information on the impact of the media on the politicization of American youth. Data are derived from secondary analysis of national surveys undertaken by the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 1969 and 1975. More than 2,000 13-year-olds and 2,000 17-year-olds were included in each sample. Measures of news media usage included having a television and/or radio at home, having listened to or watched news yesterday, remembering anything from the program, having read the newspaper yesterday, and remembering any news. Findings indicated that by 1975, American youth of both age groups watched less TV news and read fewer newspapers than their age cohorts in 1969. In addition, although news media usage decreased during this period, individuals who used the news media in 1975 were as likely to recall news topics of interest as media users in 1969. It was also found that no single media dominated adolescents' attention in 1975 and that the linkage between television news and information levels was slightly stronger than the linkages between information levels and the other media. (Author/DB) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document: Results (Secondary Analyses).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress