News literacy

API provides many different resources that news organizations, educators, advisors, parents and students can use to better understand how news and media works.

Below you will find our other reports or curated insights on this topic.

The impact of race and ethnicity on news and information topics followed by Millennials

The Personal News Cycle revealed that the type of news people choose to follow varies significantly by race and ethnicity in the general population, 1 and these new data reveal a similar trend among adults age 18-34. In the current study, Millennials were asked if they regularly follow 24 different news and information topics. Significant […]

How U.K.’s Channel 4 News is telling stories with GIFs

U.K.’s Channel 4 News’ “4NewsWall” is a standalone site hosted by Tumblr that displays news stories with animated GIFs. 4NewsWall is targeted to an audience of 16- to 34-year-olds and was created by Channel 4’s in-house creative team 4Creative. The leaders of the project from 4Creative said: “Creating a GIF for a serious news story […]

How Trinity Mirror is structuring a youth community journalist mentoring program across its papers

Some papers in the US work with youth to create their own content, a process that teaches younger generations about journalism and strengthens ties with community. In the UK, Trinity Mirror is working with 60 young people (ages 16-24), all of whom are assigned a mentor and write for a WordPress site. The best content […]

Looking ahead

In our interviews, we also asked this generation what they see coming, and how they would like the media to change. One theme we heard was a desire that the crowded media marketplace would calm down, and that there would be less fear mongering — which interestingly is a theme scholars have identified in the […]

How Millennials Get News: Inside the habits of America’s first digital generation

This research was conducted by the Media Insight Project — an initiative of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Introduction For years, researchers and social critics have worried that the newest generation of American adults is less interested in news than those who grew up in the pre-digital […]

Millennials are hardly newsless, uninterested, or disengaged from news and the world around them

By any number of measures, staying in touch with the world is an important part of the lives of the first generation of digital adults. Yet rather than news consumption occurring at certain times of the day as a defined activity — in “news sessions” — keeping up with the world is part of being […]

Millennials’ nuanced paths to news and information

A good deal of past research about this newest generation of adults has focused on technology use. That research has revealed Millennials spend a good deal of their time on social media rather than heading directly to news destinations on the web. That in turn may have encouraged the idea that civic awareness is at […]

Digital lives of Millennials

Born in 1980, this first generation of digital natives entered high school as the web became a public space. Half of this group, those age 26 and under, entered high school with social media, first MySpace and soon enough Facebook. For most of this generation, in other words, the digital revolution does not represent disruption. […]

How Millennials use and control social media

By taking a deep look into the information habits of Millennials, the study also sheds more detailed light on how Millennials are using social media. Social networks are an extraordinarily important part of Millennials’ digital lives, in part because social networks have become much more than a way to connect about personal matters. At the […]

Differences within the Millennial generation

One risk of trying to analyze a generation is that it may be an arbitrary demarcation. When does a generation begin or end? The research shows that across different cohorts within the Millennial generation there is a great deal of diversity in attitudes, experiences, and behaviors. These differences cut across age, gender, ethnicity, partisanship, income, […]