John Wihbey, NULab core faculty member, and Dan Cohen, Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration at Northeastern, begin research for Project Information Literacy’s national study on how young adults consume news and gather information. They join Alison J. Head, director of the study and senior researcher at the metaLab at Harvard, and Panagiotis “Takis” Metaxas, Professor of Computer Science at Wellesley College.

The study will consider many issues surrounding “post-truth” information, including “fake news” and misinformation. By providing empirical and quantitative research, the study seeks to inform public discourse and policy making as well as formulate recommendations for professionals working within relevant fields, such as librarians, journalists, and educators. Head says, “[t]he study investigates how students find news, and, more importantly how the news finds them through social media and other channels they might use. Our research is unique in that it tackles some of the deeper questions about the cognitive habits of young people in this digital-first environment.”

The research is supported by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), Northeastern University Libraries, and Northeastern College of Arts, Media, and Design (CAMD).

More information can be found here.