I am very excited to share today's press announcement with friends and readers of Idealog:
New Facebook Applications to Engage Youth in News
Knight Foundation grant to support research highlighting social networking’s impact on teens and young adults
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL—University of Minnesota researcher Christine Greenhow and Seattle-based news aggregator NewsCloud
will test new ways to engage youth in news and information by launching
two social media publications on the popular social networking site
Facebook. The project is being made possible by a $249,529 grant from
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
of M researchers, led by Greenhow, will investigate how online social
network sites such as Facebook can engage youth in world events, build
community and generate real world impact. Greenhow’s previous work
investigated the learning benefits of online social networking sites
(MySpace, Facebook) for teenagers.
how youth not only consume online information but manipulate, produce
and talk through it for social and educational purposes will move us
closer to understanding how to design and develop successful media-rich
environments,” Greenhow said.
study, which will be published next year, will seek to discover which
strategies work best to engage 16 to 25 year-olds in current events and
how the Internet can be used to deliver educational materials in
innovative and effective ways.
Read the full release here