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Weekly News Digest

July 16, 2019 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Knight Foundation Studies Young Adults' Attitudes Toward the News

Knight Foundation released a new report, “Young Adults’ News Behaviors and Beliefs,” which shows “that a majority of young adults are concerned about the impact of news on democracy and unity in the country, expressing that news organizations might divide and polarize citizens,” according to the press release. The report is based on a survey of 1,660 adults ages 18–34, and 88% of them access news at least weekly (53% access the news every day). Key findings include the following:
  • Overall, 31 percent of young adults say that people of their race, or issues that affect people of their race, are rarely covered in their most-liked news sources. … Hispanics and African Americans are especially likely to say both their most- and least-liked source fail to regularly cover issues that affect them.
  • More than 60 percent of young adults use their favorite news source to decide which policies to support, and more than 50 percent do the same when deciding who should have their votes. Young African Americans are twice as likely to do this as young white Americans.
  • Democrats are especially likely to perceive an ideological slant to their most- and least-liked/favorite sources. Fifty-seven percent of Democrats see their favorite news source as liberal, while 36 percent of Republicans perceive their favorite news source as very or somewhat conservative.

For more information, read the press release.

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