News UK research suggests young people are interested in politics

Research by News UK has found that young people are more interested in politics than they may be given credit for.

Some 1,000 young people (aged 16-24) took part in a poll conducted by the publisher in the run up to the general election.

It found that 67 per cent of 16 and 17-year-olds said they were interested in the outcome of the election and 77 per cent of 18-24-year-olds said they take an active interest in politics.

The poll was carried out as part of a series of pre-election activities carried out under the umbrella of the News Academy – a UK-wide journalism training initiative run by News UK and aimed at six-formers.

According to News UK, around 100 first-time voters aspiring journalists took up an invitation from the News Academy to submit articles about the election.

Several were published, including an opinion piece from 19-year-old Josh McStay which appeared on the Times website about why he was voting Conservative.

Robert Bruce wrote an article for The Sun about a teenager who planned to mark his 18th birthday by voting Conservative.

Shingi Mararike wrote a piece for the News UK website about taking part in the Sun in The Stocks project –  a stunt were voters in marginal constituencies were invited to throw wet sponges at people wearing Miliband, Cameron and Sturgeon masks.

News UK is currently accepting applications for a free week-long News Academy journalism summer school which is open to students aged 16-18.

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