Presentation Type

Poster

Keywords

News literacy, education, journalism

Department

Communication

Major

Journalism

Abstract

With misinformation at an all-time high, this study explores how high school students cope with inaccurate information and perceive journalists through observation of their skills in a breaking news simulation and post-study interviews. Results reveal that young people desire accurate information but lack the tools to correct it and that immersive learning experiences, like the one used in this study, can teach about the role of quality journalism in stopping the spread of false information.

Faculty Mentor

Theresa De Los Santos, Elizabeth Smith

Funding Source or Research Program

Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative

Presentation Session

Session C

Start Date

23-4-2021 4:15 PM

End Date

23-4-2021 4:30 PM

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Apr 23rd, 4:15 PM Apr 23rd, 4:30 PM

“We’re Playing a Telephone Game”: Understanding How Teenagers Engage with News Through a Simulation

With misinformation at an all-time high, this study explores how high school students cope with inaccurate information and perceive journalists through observation of their skills in a breaking news simulation and post-study interviews. Results reveal that young people desire accurate information but lack the tools to correct it and that immersive learning experiences, like the one used in this study, can teach about the role of quality journalism in stopping the spread of false information.