This exploratory, mixed-methods study uses data gathered during the previous U.S. presidential election in 2012 to evaluate student political engagement and digital culture. Survey results and media diary entries revealed that college students enrolled in a media literacy course during Super Tuesday or Election Day gravitated toward low-barrier political actions and expressive modes of citizenship, and they were most engaged when there was a social component to following election news. These results, coupled with recent data on political engagement and media consumption, present an opportunity to consider the role of digital platforms and online communities in the 2016 election.
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Powers, Elia M.; Moeller, Susan D.; and Yuan, Yacong
"Political Engagement During a Presidential Election Year: A Case Study of Media Literacy Students,"
Journal of Media Literacy Education,
8(1), 1 -14.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/jmle/vol8/iss1/1