News media consumption among young Australians: Patterns of use and attitudes towards media reporting

Kari Lancaster, Caitlin Elizabeth Hughes, Bridget Spicer

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Abstract

Research suggests youth make active choices about how they use and respond to media. Yet publicly available information outlining patterns of youth media consumption and how content is perceived - especially in relation to reporting of issues of pertinence to youth - is limited. Using an online survey of 2296 Australians aged 16-24, we measured news media consumption and perceptions of reporting on illicit drugs. The study concluded that Australian youth are not 'deserting' news media; indeed, they have regular contact with news media. However, youth regard mainstream news as lacking credibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-27
Number of pages12
JournalMedia International Australia
Issue number143
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012
Externally publishedYes

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