Presidential politics is changing massively in the world of digital communication innovations. Spurring this revolution are young adults between the ages of 18 and 30, the so-called Millennial Generation. They are 83 million strong, and make up a quarter of the U.S. population. Please join us for an hour of discussion among five nationally known researchers on youth and politics. What do Millennials know about politics? How much do they care? Will they participate actively in the 2016 presidential election? What role will mobile devices play for them? Will they watch debates, and will they watch television in sizeable numbers? Find out the latest, and join us in talking about what it will mean for 2016. Light refreshments to follow the discussion.Join the conversation using #youngvotersMU.

Live stream: This event will be live streamed at 7 p.m. Central Time. No registration required.

This event is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School Journalism and the Political Communication Institute at the University of Missouri College of Arts and Science.


Leticia Bode, Georgetown University

Leticia Bode is an assistant professor of communication, culture and technology at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on the role of new media in politics, considering how and when communication technology affects political communication and political behavior. Throughout her career she has published more than a dozen articles in political science and communication journals.



Stephanie Edgerly, Northwestern University

Stephanie Edgerly is an assistant professor at Northwestern University with a specialization in audience insight. Her research explores how features of new media alter the way audiences consume news and impact political engagement. She is particularly interested in the mixing of news and entertainment content, how individuals and groups create and share news over social networking websites, and how audiences selectively consume media.



Dhavan Shah, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dhavan Shah is the Maier-Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is director of the Mass Communication Research Center (MCRC) and scientific director in the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies (CHESS). His work concerns framing and cueing effects on social judgments, digital media influence on civic and political engagement, and the impact of information and communication technologies on chronic disease management.



Emily Vraga, George Mason University

Emily Vraga is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University. Her research focuses on how individuals process news and political information, particularly in response to disagreeable messages they encounter in digital media environments.



Chris Wells, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chris Wells is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he co-directs the Social Media and Democracy and Communication, Culture and Civic Participation research groups. He is the author of “The Civic Organization and the Digital Citizen: Communicating Engagement in a Networked Age” from Oxford University Press.


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