( CNN) Imagine being a kid today: straying through the Wild West of media where professional journalists, citizen reporters, user-generated content and fake news all coexist online. The information scenery has exploded exponentially as kids try to have their news needs met by sources like Reddit and Hacker News , not to mention micro-targeted websites, blogs and podcasts.
To find out, I went to the Young Women’s Leadership School, an all-girls public school in Queens, New York. There, I had a chance to ask 5th, 6th and 7th graders about their news sources. These students were starting the school’s first newspaper, so they were the perfect focus group. I dove right in, guessing I’d cleverly start with social media. Turns out, I had some catching up to do.