How Media Ecosystems Support Youth Voting
August 25, 2023 | Grantee Publications | Journalism & Media
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Media can enable youth civic engagement but there must be an ecosystem approach across multiple dimensions. In a report on media ecosystems and youth voting, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University looks at the relationship between media, technology, civic institutions, and youth civic engagement. An interactive of six ecosystem profiles shows how media impacts youth voter turnout. The profiles capture a range of models: highly social and digital, weak, superb, average, strong nonprofit and weak social, and digitally disconnected. When strengthening any ecosystem, media stakeholders, according to the report, should consider local needs and institutions, address community inequities that prevent access and participation, and work on an ecosystem level to support youth engagement.

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