Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Who’s Tony Blair?: An Exploration of Young People’s Awareness of Politics and its Implications for the Future of Journalism

Janet Mary Haworth.

This paper explores the findings of an original research study using interviews, focus groups, quizzes and questionnaires to map the news consumption of young Britons aged 13 – 16 in different parts of the UK and their awareness of politics and current affairs.
The study shows young people’s strong preference for broadcast and electronic news rather than print-based media. It examines their attitudes to the news agenda and tests their knowledge of local, national and international politics and current affairs. This data enables us to chart the differences in knowledge of news and current affairs and the different attitudes to politicians of boys and girls and diverse social, regional and ethnic groups.
Drawing on the quantitative and qualitative data from the research study, this paper attempts to envision a future for broadcast news which engages more directly with tomorrow’s viewers, listeners and voters and produces a new generation of well-informed, active citizens.


Janet Mary Haworth  (United Kingdom)
Programme Director Broadcast Journalism
City University London

Jan Haworth is a broadcast journalist and lecturer researching the news consumption habits of 13 – 16 year olds in different nations and regions of the United Kingdom and exploring the political knowledge and engagement of teenagers with reference to their use of radio and TV news and electronic news media.

  • Young people
  • Broadcast news
  • Politics
  • The Future of Journalism

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)