Citizen journalists: the Times says it’s the kids
March 27th, 2008

A New York Times report this morning is headlined: Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On. Its lede is about a section of a response by Senator Obama to President Bush’s State of the Union address that newspapers and television barely noticed but that “caught fire” online. The report attributes this to young people:

It is not news that young politically minded viewers are turning to alternative sources like YouTube, Facebook and late-night comedy shows like “The Daily Show.” But that is only the beginning of how they process information.

According to interviews and recent surveys, younger voters tend to be not just consumers of news and current events but conduits as well — sending out e-mailed links and videos to friends and their social networks. And in turn, they rely on friends and online connections for news to come to them. In essence, they are replacing the professional filter — reading The Washington Post, clicking on — with a social one. . . .

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