The AP conducted a study in an attempt to figure out how best to get the news to young adults. The international study found that young adults are experiencing news fatigue, and overall information overload thanks to the Internet. Participants were also distracted from focusing on news because they were almost always multitasking with activities like reading email.
In order to get readers to see through the sea of headlines and facts, and eventually select the in-depth stories they actually crave, the AP will begin using a "1-2-3 filing" system.
To find out what that means,
Here's how it works: first, there is a news alert or breaking news headline. Next, comes a present-tense short piece on the story, easily picked up by websites and broadcasts. Finally, details and analysis will be added to the previous skeleton. Voila! Easy news for the ADD generation!
When I read about a study that finds there is a lot of information on the Internet and that people check email while accessing other info, I think — duh! But, I guess it's good that AP is putting in resources in trying to find a sustainable model for getting information to a new generation.
Is the Internet making us more or less informed? Will tightly packaged news bites lead young'ns to in-depth analysis? Do you have news fatigue? . . . I hope not!