As Canadian news organizations bid to outdo each other in displaying Web 2.0 savvy in their online election coverage, a U.S. study of young voters suggests they should beware of going overboard. Younger voters, it reports, may actually be turned off. “From ‘Too Much’ to ‘Just Right’: Engaging Millennials in Election News on the Web”, published by the Media Management Center at Northwestern’s Medill School, is based on interviews and focus group sessions with 89 young, first-time voters in Chicago about what gets their attention and serves their needs in U.S. online election coverage. Among the report’s findings:
It’s a limited, qualitative study based on a geographically narrow cohort of respondents in the United States but it does suggest Canadian news organizations should look before they leap into incorporating everything that’s new and shiny into their online election coverage. What young voters want, it seems, is something that looks a lot like … journalism.
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