Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

David Shafie


The internet’s interactive composition and fluid interface has changed the way in which individuals acquire information, and has given consumers of news media a means to access a large amount of information regarding political content and international issues. Furthermore, the internet provides users the choice of the information that they consume, which contrasts the rigid, predetermined nature of televised news media. Because of this, this research project will compare the effects of both television and internet media on engagement in international affairs in order to examine the difference between old and new forms of media. Through a statistical analysis of data from the 2008 National Election Study, this project will test the hypothesis that those who acquire news media online are more likely to prioritize foreign policy issues of promoting human rights and combatting global hunger than consumers of television media.


Presented at the Spring 2015 Student Research Day at Chapman University.