Teens turn to technology for news

Where do young people get their news from?

Last updated 10:53 13/06/2014
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DIGITAL CONSUMERS: Fraser Dixon, from top left, Isobel Clarke, Dion Batchelor; from bottom left, Sophie Dempster, Lydia Blakiston, and Stuart Houston.

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ONLINE READERS: Liam Stewart, clockwise from top left, Chelsea Lousley, Jonnie Hickey and Tala Nottage.

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This week has been about celebrating 150 years of the Timaru Herald. Looking ahead to the future, Attitude asked 10 South Canterbury teenagers what newspapers and the news means to them.

Technology is a winner with teenagers getting their news, though there are still a few out there who read the newspaper. But what are the stories that leap off the page for them?

Name: Fraser Dixon
School: Mackenzie College

Where do you get your news from?

Actually the Timaru Herald but also TV and sometimes online through a range of news sites.

What types of stories do you read first?

I tend to read the sports news first, then the main section/page followed by entertainment.

What has been your favourite news story of the year so far?

Not actually my favourite story, but I followed the lost Malaysian airlines plane tragedy the closest. Also I have really enjoyed reading about a Mackenzie College student John Laurenson's diary (in the paper) of his experiences in France while on his student exchange.

Name: Isobel Clarke
School: Mackenzie College

Where do you get your news from?

Newspaper (Timaru Herald mostly) and any local papers such as The Accessible. I also watch the TV news.

What types of stories do you read first?

I am mainly interested in local news. For example, I look for stories on people I know, especially sports. I also follow front page stories.

What has been your favourite news story of the year so far?

I really enjoyed reading about the South Canterbury sports awards, who was chosen and where they are going with it.

Name: Dion Batchelor
School: Waimate High School

Where do you get your news from?

I read the Timaru Herald most afternoons.

What types of stories do you read first?

I tend to go straight to the sporting section.

What has been your favourite news story of the year so far?

The story regarding the 9-year-old boy, who has started a petition in order to make our roads safer - via putting increased safety procedures in place regarding tourists on our roads.

Name: Sophie Dempster
School: Waimate High School

Where do you get your news from?

The main way that I access the news is through checking the Stuff News App each morning.

What types of stories do you read first?

I read through the morning headlines before moving down to the Entertainment section and then to Life & Style.

What has been your favourite news story of the year so far?

The most interesting story that I have found this year is the missing MH370. I have been following that enquiry since day one when the plane first miraculously disappeared.

Name: Lydia Blakiston
School: Geraldine High School

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Where do you get your news from?

TV and phone.

What types of stories do you read first?

Entertainment news.

What has been your favourite news story of the year so far?

Kim and Kanye's wedding.

Name: Stuart Houston
School: Geraldine High School

Where do you get your news from?

I get my news from the morning news on the radio, newspaper and 6pm news.

What types of stories do you read first?

I always read the sports news.

What has been your favourite news story of the year so far?

One news story that has caught a lot of attention is the trial of the South African blade runner, Oscar Pistorious.

Name: Liam Stewart
School: Twizel Area School

Where do you get your news from?

I usually get my news from stuff.co.nz or One News.

What types of stories do you read first?

The first one on the page that looks interesting, usually world news, sports results, national stuff etc.

What has been your favourite news story of the year so far?

My favourite news story so far would be when Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealander to score a triple century in February, against India.

Name: Chelsea Lousley
School: Twizel Area School

Where do you get your news from?

I normally get my news from the stuff homepage and normally a glimpse of the 6 o'clock news when I'm floating around the house.

What types of stories do you read first?

I don't really have a certain type of story I look for. I usually read the ones with interesting headlines or a topic that is popular and all over the media.

What has been your favourite news story of the year so far?

The story I find most interesting at the moment that I tend to follow is the Malaysia airline plane that has gone missing for over a month now and that families have set up a donation page to have a reward to see if someone speaks out about the plane.

Name: Tala Nottage
School: Opihi College

Where do you get your news from?

I watch the Breakfast news in the morning when I am eating my breakfast, sometimes read the front page of the paper or the sports section and if I am home I watch the 6 o'clock news.

What types of stories do you read first?

I read those that have a gripping headline and also the sports.

What has been your favourite news story of the year so far?

The MH370 story would have to be my favourite news story so far this year because it is gripping and confusing. I'm sure I am not the only one who has sat in front of the TV completely puzzled trying to figure out what has happened to the plane.

Name: Jonnie Hickey
School: Opihi College

Where do you get your news from?

Having an early start to the day beginning with watching Breakfast news while my eyes are still adjusting to the light of the day, I soak up news stories in the headlines both national and international along with being able to throw a comedian twist on the stories to keep interest on what is coming next.

What types of stories do you read first?

Being a keen sportsman the first stories to register has to be anything to do with the sports and/or the outdoors. Seeing teams/people excel within New Zealand makes me feel proud to be a part of this nation.

What has been your favourite news story of the year so far?

As Brazil is hosting the football World Cup this year, the excitement leading up to the event is too much to handle. Counting down the days to see the world's best teams go head to head in my favourite sport of choice means any story in the news to do with this has me turn the volume up as much as I can without making the parents sick of telling me once again to turn it down. Bring on the World Cup!

- The Timaru Herald

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