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Diversity and credibility in young people’s news feeds: A foundation for teaching and learning citizenship in a digital era
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1884-3252
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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7362-1092
2019 (English)In: Journal of Social Science Education, ISSN 1611-9665, E-ISSN 1618-5293, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 87-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Key points: – Citizen science approach to map young people’s digital news feeds.− Students predominately read hard news.− Digital news comes primarily from established news media sites deemed credible by students.− On social media, students mostly share news they find credible.− Students' authentic news feeds as potentials and challenges in education and democracy.

Purpose: The credibility of digital news is presently a topic of debate, and curricula underline the importance of media literacy. However, the content and credibility of young people’s news feeds have not been investigated in detail in any large-scale studies. Here we explore the nature of news featured in Swedish upper secondary school students’ news feeds, how news is shared, and how credible the news is according to the students.Approach: Using citizen science and a mixed methods approach we review 2617 news from authentic news feeds.Findings: The students’ news feeds primarily contain hard news from established news media. News is predominately found on news domains, not through social media. Soft news is less common and is perceived as less credible. Boys find more sports while girls identify more entertainment and lifestyle news. The news feeds also contain some highly biased political information.Research limitations: The study was carried out in Sweden, and further international research on authentic news feeds is needed to view results in relation to society and educational practices.Research and practical implications: In education, students’ news feeds can be used to scrutinize credibility and help students navigate towards credible news domains to support democratic engagement.

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2019. Vol. 18, no 2, p. 87-109
Keywords [en]
digital news literacy; credibility; democracy; student; citizen science
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Educational Sciences Media and Communications
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Curriculum Studies; Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390395DOI: 10.4119/jsse-917OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390395DiVA, id: diva2:1341583
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