Design Research in Youth Media

Exploring opportunities for local news

As local news sources dwindle there is one group of reporters in every community that continue to keep journalism alive: high school students. High School news and newspapers are the only source of news in many news deserts. They are also important for education in media literacy and the first exposure many people have to what journalism is. Many high school publications rely on free repurposed systems and content management systems to publish their work. They are often presented in forms that are different from their peers' typical media habits. There's an opportunity here to make high school journalism more relevant to not only youth in schools but also to their parents and communities.

Faculty and Staff Leads

Zach Wise

Associate Professor

Emmy winning interactive producer & Associate Professor @NorthwesternU, @KnightLab. Formerly of The New York Times. Creator of TimelineJS & StoryMapJS

Project Details

2020 Winter

Important Questions
  • How does a typical student consume media?
  • What information do students, parents and community members value?
  • What are student expectations for reporting?

In this project, students will conduct human centered design research to gain insights into opportunities to solve some of these problems. Students will iterativly turn those insights into concepts and test those concepts with stakeholders (ie high school students, faculty, etc.)