Prepared by Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/presspol/carnegie_knight/young_news_web.pdf, July 17, 2007
"Young People and the News," a recently-released report from the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, examines daily news consumption trends among young Americans. The report, based on a national survey of 1800 randomly sampled teens, young adults, and older adults, shows that:
...[Y]oung Americans are estranged from the daily newspaper and rely more heavily on television than on the Internet for their news. A few decades ago, there were not large differences in the news habits and daily information levels of younger and older Americans. Today, unlike most older Americans, many young people find a bit of news here and there and do not make it a routine part of their day.