Not all news is as inaccessible and stodgy to young Americans as the Sunday wonk shows, though, and young people would likely consume more news of current events if arguments urging them to do so were, well, more current.

Few young Americans are adrenalized by words like “civic responsibility,” or “classic democratic theory,” but when the benefits of a life of news consumption are expressed as fuel for creative motion, young people’s ears may perk up a bit more from beneath their headphones.

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Justin D. Martin is a journalism professor at Northwestern University in Qatar. Follow him on Twitter: @Justin_D_Martin