Many young people use social media as their primary way to receive their news, because
it is easy and convenient. But news and media content on digital and social media are
likely to be questioning because of the advent of fake news. This thesis examines how
young people in the high school age relate to news content on Facebook, and how they
manage to stay critical in their way of receiving and understanding the content from the
news media. To investigate the subject this thesis presents four qualitative focus group
interviews with 48 students from two different high schools in the municipality of Roskilde.
We presented different types of Facebook status updates and asked the students to tell us
about their relation and opinion about them. The theoretical framework is firstly based on
Stuart Hall and his encoding/decoding model. Hall contributes an understanding of how
people decode the content and messages of the media. Furthermore, Deidre Pike, W.
James Potter, Melissa Tully and Emily Vraga are included together with their different
perspectives on media and news literacy. They can illustrate how young people are able to
understand, questioning, reflect and think critically on the content of the news and the
media, and which advantages media and news literacy entail. The results are pointing at a
tendency, where the high school students show that they are able to understand and
questioning different type of media messages. There is a generally understanding of the
young as a group that have a medium level of media literacy. But on the other hand,
several of the students have a lack of interest and engagement in reading the news.
|Uddannelser||Journalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||31 dec. 2019|
|Vejledere||Jannie Møller Hartley|