It’s almost impossible to get through a day without being engaged with some form of
media, whether it’s posts on social media, all the various news sites or messages
on billboards. But because the media is so vital to the fabric of the democracy in
the United States, a well-informed public that engages with the media is crucial.
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) created News Engagement Day for just such a purpose. On Tuesday (Oct. 3), the public is encouraged to read, watch,
like, tweet, post, text, email, listen to or comment on the news. But as much as it
is about consuming and distributing news, News Engagement Day is about embracing all
the various forms of news, whether it’s online from news organizations or from citizen
Miglena Sternadori is an associate professor in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University and can speak as an expert on News Engagement Day and the
importance of the public embracing and utilizing the news, in whatever form it comes.
Miglena Sternadori, associate professor, College of Media & Communication, Texas Tech University, (806)
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- In addition to Sternadori, College of Media & Communication dean David D. Perlmutter
was recently elected as vice president of the AEJMC for 2017-2018.
- Journalism is increasingly seen around the world as a public service rather than a
- In the digital age, news organizations are becoming increasingly reliant on subscription
revenue. This means that we, the audience, are less likely to be viewed as a product
sold to advertisers. Our needs for information have a greater potential of being met
than ever before in the history of journalism.
- In the digital age, everyone can be a citizen journalist through blogging, vlogging
or sending images, videos, op-ed pieces and tips to news organizations. Many people
across the world have contributed to the public conversation on important issues or
exposed injustices by recording videos of wrongdoing. This change represents an unprecedented
shift in who has the power to create and distribute information nowadays.
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- “News Engagement Day has been a longtime initiative of the Association for Education
in Journalism and Mass Communication. It was started by journalism educators, who
know firsthand that many of us, even journalism students, are not always interested
or up-to-date on current events.”
- “The availability of news apps and the reporting tools inherent in most smartphones
have taken audiences’ news engagement to a whole new level. Yet, at the same time,
the proliferation of celebrity news has overshadowed much more important stories about
human suffering, public policy and social change. Knowing what is happening to the
Kardashians is entertaining and fun, but it is not enough to be an informed citizen
of a democracy.”
- “In an ideal world, most of us would see following the news as a part of one’s daily
routine – just like working out, eating healthy meals and having enough rest. And
when we sit down to relax at the end of the day, we should be aware that long-form
journalism offers stories as fascinating (or often better) than any TV show or novel.”
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