Lauren Malone

Document Type


First Faculty Advisor

Baran, Stanley


Digital Media Literacy


Bryant University

Rights Management

All rights retained by Bryant University and Lauren Malone


The purpose of this study is to analyze how millennial college students perceive and interpret the news-related content that is posted on the social networking website Facebook. The news that this study is focused on is related to major events in American politics, especially this past Presidential election. One research question was developed to compete this study: what influence are news stories being shared on Facebook having on millennials? In order to determine the answer to this question, focus groups with college students at Bryant University were held in which the students were asked to evaluate a news article and give their thoughts and opinions on current American events and how they are portrayed on social media.