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Are SCCC students informed about politics?

Photo: Newspapers that were once only available in print are now available online, such as the New York Times. Photo by Mike Gaisser 

College students get their news through many different sources. However, when it comes to the hot topic of politics, some are more informed than others.

“Students are remarkably open-minded and eager to learn more,” said Jason Rose, a political science professor at SCCC’s Ammerman campus. However, he also points out that “young people are blissfully ignorant,” as are professors.

To learn more, there is an abundance of the news sources that college students can go to. Rose recommends that students read and listen to NPR and watch “PBS Newshour.”

Sam Ashkenazy, 19, a broadcasting major, said he often goes to late night comedy shows like “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah for news. He said they give him a sense of stories he needs to research, “and then I branch out from there. But if I’m really watching the news one day, I’m usually on CNN.”

However Denise Centeno, 31, a physical education major, admits that she doesn’t watch or read much news. She watches the “news every now and then,” usually in the morning. “I don’t know sh–” about what’s going on in Washington, she said.

In 2016, Pew Research Center conducted a study and found television news use is dramatically lower among younger adults. Just 27 percent of people age 18 to 29 got their news from television. However, it’s higher for adults 30 to 49, which is 45 percent.

Centeno, who lives in Bay Shore, argued that the “news is phony” because she believes media outlets are not covering important stories enough, such gang-violence killings. She noted that the media is just coming around to covering years-long gang violence in Brentwood.

For students, their phones are a primary way to get their news for the day. In fact, according to Pew Research Center, 94 percent of people aged 18 to 29 got their news from a mobile device in 2017. Same for people aged 30 to 49. These numbers have continued to rise. Mobile devices serve as a quick way of getting news when students are on the go, with college and jobs.

“The first thing I do in the morning is check my phone to see if [Trump] blew up the world or not,” Ashkenazy jokes. “We constantly have breaking news updates going on.” Ashkenazy reads a variety of online news sources.

Centeno said she prefers email notifications and doesn’t go on social media regularly. “I have a Twitter, but I don’t go on it.” Twitter features trending topics throughout the day based on your location.

With jobs, college work and family life, it can be rather difficult for college students to keep up with politics and know what is happening on a daily basis. However, it’s important to keep up to know what issues could affect them. Ashkenazy finds himself dedicating “more and more” time for it. Currently, he spends “at least..two hours a day.”