Young citizens, American TV newscasts and the collective memory

Kevin G. Barnhurst*, Ellen Wartella

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Using a life history method and comparing results with earlier research on newspapers, we examine college students' life experiences with television news, particularly those related to its role in citizenship. Results show differences in how television news is understood and used by gender, age, ethnicity. The research suggests a fundamental reevaluation of that role is necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-305
Number of pages27
JournalCritical Studies in Media Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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