Columbia Chronicle Calls on Students to Pay Attention to News

The Columbia College Chicago student newspaper, the Columbia Chronicle, printed an editorial that directly reinforces the motivation behind the “Art, Access & Action” Summit.

Here is an excerpt:

Young adults consume news and other media in this continuously growing world of technology in a much different manner than previous generations. Daily breaking news is just a few clicks away using laptops and cell phones with Internet capabilities.

College students are accustomed to the immediate satisfaction of the Internet and its easy accessibility. With computer and Internet resources at the fingertips, society now expects this instant gratification. With these tools at the disposal of each Columbia student, more attention should be focused on national and international issues. However, some students don’t take full advantage of their educational opportunity and instead use the Internet only to watch YouTube videos.

In college, it’s easy to feel distant from issues, such as health care reform or the state of the economy. However, subjects such as insurance and the job market are vital and will affect students quickly after graduation if not sooner.

It’s important to realize political and social issues pertain to everyone, including college students.  The more information one gains about a topic, the more likely they will make an informed decision. Greater understanding of such pressing issues leads to better-functioning young adults within society…

Read the rest of the editorial. And, if you want to learn more about news and media, come to the “Art, Access & Action” Summit on April 8th & 9th at Columbia College. (That’s this week.)

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