No News Is Bad News

US Government and Politics

What % of 18-29 year old Americans get their news from print newspaper?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this data?

  3. What is the big story this data tells?

  4. Describe one trend you see in the data.

  5. Describe one consequence of this trend.

  6. Where do you get your news?

  7. 50% of 18-29 year-olds get their news online. If you had to guess what percentage of under 18s get their news online, what would it be?

  8. How much longer do you think television will be the most popular news medium?

  9. Describe one effect of the internet on the news.

  10. How different do you think this data would have been 20 years ago, and how different will this data be in 20 years?

  11. How do you think this information affected the 2016 presidential election?

  12. Explain whether this is generally good or bad news.

  13. I hear a lot of people decrying the end of print journalism. Discuss what we as a society will lose if print journalism dies.

  14. Marshal McLuhan famously wrote that, "The medium is the message". What do you think that means and how does this relate to the data in these charts?

  15. Radio hurt newspapers, television hurt radio (video killed the radio star), now online is hurting television. If you were the publisher of a print newspaper what steps would you take to deal with the decline of newspaper readership?

  16. My grandparents grew up during the very beginning of radio, my parents grew up during the advent of television, and I grew up during the birth of the internet. What is the next step, what is sort of media platform is being born during your generation?

Learning Extension

Read the entire Pew Research Center report on How Americans get their news.

Action Extension

Each day this week use a different medium exclusively to get your news. Day 1=print; day 2=radio; day 3=television; day 4=online. On day 5 report to the class or share online how the different media platforms influenced your news consumption.

Bonus Charts

Bonus Cute Animal

Media Bias

What percent of Americans have a great deal/fair amount of trust in the mass media?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this information?

  3. What is one trend you see in this chart?

  4. What is one reason for that trend?

  5. What is one consequence of this trend?

  6. Is this good news?

  7. In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media?

  8. Trust in the media seems to go down during presidential elections and then back up afterwards. Why do you think that is?

  9. Explain which form of the mass media - newspapers, radio, television, internet - you think people trust the most and the least.

  10. What do you think this chart looked like in 1950 and what will it look like in 2050?

  11. How do you think media coverage of the 2016 election will affect America's trust in the media?

  12. Do you think Republicans of Democrats trust the media more?

  13. Do you think that Americans are right to distrust the media?

Bonus Map

Learning Extension

Read the most recent Gallup report on the media.

Action Extension

Take a tour of the news media (watch, read, listen to the news for 17 minutes) and share with class your analysis of how much confidence and trust you have in the media.