From disillusion to engagement: Minority teen journalists and the news media

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Because most high schools that can afford to fund journalism programs are located in middle-class suburbs, the majority of research on teen journalists reflects the experiences of middle-class, predominantly white students. By examining two afterschool journalism programs serving youth from inner-city communities, this article discusses teen journalists who are predominantly low-income and racial minorities, examining their views about journalism and news media. In the process, it explores these teens' notions of democracy and the public good, revealing how class location influences youth attitudes towards news media and civic participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)750-765
Number of pages16
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


  • Civic engagement
  • minorities and media
  • public good
  • youth and news


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