News consumption and political and civic engagement among young people
Date of Issue2014
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
This study examined whether the use of various types of media for news consumption would influence young people's political and civic engagement through a survey of university students in Singapore. The findings showed that news consumption through different platforms related to the respondents' political and civic participation in different ways. Consumption of news through the traditional media was not significantly associated with either offline or online political participation. Instead, news consumption through the Internet and social network sites was significantly associated with both offline and online political and civic engagement and political knowledge. In addition, print and Internet news consumption was found to be significantly associated with political knowledge. Implications of the findings were also discussed.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media::Media effects
Journal of youth studies
© 2014 Taylor & Francis. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Youth Studies, Taylor & Francis. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2014.901490].