Gen Z & News: Co-creating News Experiences and Reconstructing Context

Dr. Carrie Bruce, Dr. Courtney Crooks
Su Fang

This project explores Generation Z's news sharing, their digital representations of self, and how user research might take on a more user-centered perspective. The first phase of research included a survey of validated personality measures (n= 93), a two-week diary study (n=14), and a cross-generational survey (n= 1,188). Participants in the second phase of research (n=13) were presented with findings from the first phase of research, reflected on them in relation to their own news experiences through a one-week diary study, and then collaborated with the researcher on potential solutions to address current key issues: context collapse, echo chambers, and information validity.


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