Ulster University Belfast Campus Room BA03-019
22nd March: 3.00pm – 4.30pm
2016 was marked by bitterly fought political campaigns in the UK and the US, leading to debate about how news is reported.
Particular concerns focus on online news outlets, and the use of algorithms to present ‘personalised’ news on social media platforms. However, social media can also raise awareness of important issues; one charity reported a massive surge in donations after widespread sharing of the image of drowned toddler Alan Kurdi. Young people now use social media as a main source of news according to a 2016 YouGov survey of over 50,000 young people.
The panel will discuss what this means for how young people evaluate and understand issues such as immigration, international aid and refugees.