Thursday, December 6, 2012

SPJ radio program features Austin professor

Are young people disconnected from the traditional concept of news? 
If so, what are the implications for news organizations going forward?
 
Those will be some of the questions raised on the next episode of Studio SPJ, an Internet radio program, on Friday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m., when our guest will be Paula Poindexter.
Our local chapter is sponsoring the 30-minute conversation with Poindexter, who will also be our keynote speaker here at the SPJ Region 8 conference, May 3-4.
 
To listen to the program live or later as a podcast, go here and click "Listen." To call in with a question during the broadcast, call 347-857-2441*.
 
Poindexter is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin who has a written a new book called, "Millennials, News, and Social Media: Is News Engagement a Thing of the Past?" In the book,  she helps us understand the generation that came of age as the importance of news waned and social media emerged, using data from her National Survey of News Engagement. Poindexter offers insight into which factors will determine whether we will be a society of news consumers who believe being informed is important or a nation in which news illiteracy is the norm. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate journalism courses, she is president-elect of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
 
To address her concern about the low level of engagement with news by the Millennial Generation, Poindexter has started two programs:  
(1) mynews@school, a news-in-the-classroom program designed to educate middle school and high school students about journalism, its purpose, principles, and process;
(2) “Millennials and News” on Facebook for young adults. Co-founded with her Millennial daughter, the page aggregates news stories about Millennials, of interest to Millennials, and news Millennials should know.

*Note: the phone number is only for listeners with questions. Do not call in order to listen to the live program. Doing so will prevent others from calling in with their question.

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