How Newspaper Readership Affects Political Participation by ProQuest

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									 - Newspaper Research Journal • Vol. 29, No. 3 • Summer 2008



How Newspaper Readership
Affects Political Participation
by Tien-Tsung Lee and Lu Wei

    This analysis reveals that a decrease in newspaper
    readership among 17- to 24- year olds is associated
    with their decreasing political participation but
    not with a decrease in their political knowledge.



    N     ewspaper readership in the United States has been declining since
the 1960s. At the same time, Americans’ political participation, ranging from
signing petitions and attending rallies to voting, also has been decreasing.1
Young Americans’ political involvement has declined the most precipitously.2
Moreover, young Americans are the very segment of the populatio
								
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