By Kathryn Montgomery, Ph.D.,
and Gary O. Larson, Ph.D.
Center for Social Media
School of Communication
Engaging the Digital Generation
Mapping the Online Youth Civic Landscape
On Their Own Terms:
Civic Theory and Electronic Practice
Technological, Economic and Regulatory Trends
Facing the Future:
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We are extremely grateful to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engage- ment (CIRCLE) for awarding the principal funding for this study. In particular, we thank Peter Levine, Mark Lopez and Carrie Donovan for their feedback and encouragement. A number of other funders also provided critical support, allowing us to extend our timespan as the study slowly grew more mas- sive, and to hold a convening on youth online engagement and digital media policy. For all of this, we are grateful to Becky Lentz and the Ford Foundation; Erlin Ibreck and Anna Lefer and the Open Society Institute; Margie Shields and the Packard Foundation; and Robert Sherman and the Surdna Foundation.
This report drew on the hard work and creative energies of the staff and interns of the Center for Media Education. We thank our staff researchers: Christine Feldman, Kristina Hagemeister, Sarah Handel, and Melynda Majors. We also thank our many interns: Siddharth Bannerjee, Molly Browne, Jessica Cinelli, James (Matt) Giglio, William Harless, Olga Heifets, Suzanne Hill, Kevin King, Anne Kosseff, Elisabeth Kvernen, Jeff Laidley, Lauren Merkl, Susanne Pryzbylik, Rebecca Reeve, Michael Shapiro, and Caitlin Williams, and our virtual interns, Britt Faulstick, Lisa Mayo, and Rebecca Singer. Thanks also to Jennifer Kotler, Lisa Mayo, Agnes Varnum and Mark Wahl for their technical assistance with data analysis, website design and report production.
Many practitioners gave generously of their time to contribute to our knowledge base. These include the individuals behind key websites who so graciously agreed to be interviewed; those who participated in our convening on youth civic engagement and digital media policy; and our colleagues who provided their sound advice. Our thanks to:
Pat Aufderheide, Chris Bratton, Courtney Bryant, Maria Byck, Michael Calabrese, Richard Calton, Lilie Change, Jeff Chester, Julia Cohen, Diana Coryat, Carolyn Darrow, Ashley Day, Veronica De La Garza, Lewis Friedland, Silvia Golombek, Twilight Greenaway, Jehmu Sedora Greene, Bennett Haselton, Don Hazen, Jessica Irish, Barry Joseph, Larry Kirkman, Dale Kunkel, Molly McGrath, Ben McKean, Stephanie Mintz, Nick Moraitis, Colin Mutchler, Matt O\u2019Neill, Benjamin Quinto, Alan Rambam, Vicky Rideout, Wendy Rivenburgh, Anne Sheeran, Rachel Smith, Gigi Sohn, Ariana Stokas-Gonzales, Tony Streit, Diane Ty, and Jaime Uzeta.
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