There were statistically significant differences in students’ future civic engagement between students who scored as follows on current civic-media efficacy:
– 3 and all values equal to and over 3.75
– 3.25 and all values equal to and over 3.75
– 3.5 and all values equal to and over 3.75
– 3.75 and 4.25, 4.75, and 5
– 4 and 4.25, 4.75, and 5
– 4.5 and 4.75, and 5
There is a statistically significant difference in media-civic efficacy between first-year journalism students and students who take journalism for two or more years.
There is a statistically significant difference in media civic efficacy between journalism students who contribute to a news publication and those who do not contribute to a news publication.
There are statistically significant differences in media-civic efficacy between students whose teachers scored as follows on the teacher control questions:
– 1.25 and 1.75
– 1.5 and 1.75
– 1.25 and 2
– 1.5 and 2
– 1.25 and 2.25
– 1.5 and 2.25
– 1.25 and 2.5
– 1.5 and 2.5
– 1.25 and 2.75
– 1.5 and 2.75
There were statistically significant differences in media-civic efficacy between students who scored as follows on the First Amendment questions:
– 3 and 4
– 3 and 5
– 3 and 6
There was a statistically significant difference in media-civic efficacy between students in schools that scored below average on school climate and students in schools that scored above average on school climate.
If you would like your students to take the civic-media efficacy survey, you can:
- Direct them to take it using this link.
- If you would like to paste the full link, it is: https://journalismku.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2fyIWmJrcLr2xYp
To request the results of your students’ surveys, please email Peter Bobkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org). The survey asks each respondent for his/her name and school; we will use this information to batch your students’ responses and send them to you.
Writing a letter to the editor or publishing a blog post that expresses an opinion on an issue can serve as the first step to using journalism for civic purposes. Before they write their own letters or blog posts, it may be helpful for students to read letters from their peers that have been published in newspapers.
Below are links to recent letters to the editor authored by high school students.
- Not Enough Action on Utah’s Air Pollution, published in The Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 25, 2015
- Attending Charter School Changes Student’s Life, published in the Elizabeth City (N.C.) Daily Advance, Sept. 28, 2015
- Revisit School Uniform Policy, published in the Greenville (N.C.) Daily Reflector, Sept. 14, 2015
- Battle of the Sexes, published in the Marysville (Calif.) Appeal-Democrat, Nov. 27, 2014
- Let’s Move Campaign, published in the Idaho Statesman, Oct. 23, 2014
- Payson High School Offers Excellent Education, published in the Provo Daily Herald, Sept. 20, 2014
- Mulligans Better than Housing, published in The Salt Lake Tribune, May 22, 2014
- Senate Candidate Wrong on Student Knowledge of Civics, published in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald, May 8, 2014
- No School on Veterans’ Day, published in the Deseret News (Utah), Feb. 7, 2014
- High-pressure Techniques from Military Recruiters, published in the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, May 23, 2013
- Look for Ways to Combat Pollution, published in the Myrtle Beach Sun News, May 14, 2013
- Bainbridge Needs Another Skate Park, published in the Kitsap Sun (Wash.), April 14, 2010
- Short Lunch Hours at School Aren’t Healthy, published in the Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News, Nov. 27, 2009