Where do you get your news??

24Oct11

In recent years, some say that “the occupation of journalism has changed very dramatically very fast” (Singer, 103 in Managing Media Work) while others think that “journalism… is coming to an end” (Deuze, 141).  “The Internet has breached all boundaries” (Singer, 107), and it “makes all other types of newsmedia rather obsolete (especially for young adults and teenagers) (Deuze, 141).

One of the major changes I have noticed is finding out the breaking headlines from Facebook and Twitter.  Whether it was Michael Jackson’s death, the death of Osama Bin Laden, the Chilean mining accident, the dead blackbirds in AK, the earthquakes in Haiti, the tsunamis, the list goes on…

With the rise of social media, there have been many studies done about how and where people get their news…

In a Canadian report, “Social Networks Transforming How Canadians Get the News”, it was “found that 43% of social media users get their daily news via recommendations from friends and family on sites like Facebook: the equivalent of 6.5m Canadians.  This compares to 66% of of all news consumers who turn to newspaper websites, 52% to TV news websites and 33% to  radio news website.” (Citation)

A study by Pew Internet found that “based on a sample of 2,259 adults, the study reveals that three fourths of the people (75%) who find news online get it either forwarded through e-mail or posts on social networking sites, and half of them (52%) forward the news through those means.  This translates to a large portion of all Americans. According to the report, 59% of those surveyed get news from a combination of online and offline sources.  However, the study also shows that very few people nowadays (7%) are getting information from a single media platform. In fact, nearly half of Americans (46%) claim they get news from four to six media platforms on a typical day. And while TV is still the biggest source of news (78% of Americans say they get news from a local TV station), Internet sits at second place (61% of users get news online), ahead of radio and newspapers. Interestingly enough, relatively few people — only 17% — claim they read news in a national newspaper such as The New York Times or USA Today.”  (Citation)

Because of these studies and their results, major news conglomerates have altered and made additions to their news distribution channels.

“It is safe to say that most news sites are now experimenting with various forms of user engagement and content promotion through social media” (Citation).

Following is a ranking of which news sites get the most social media engagement:

PostRank
Engagement Score
1 The New York Times 11,292,352
2 CNN 7,413,850
3 BBC News 6,760,101
4 Yahoo News 5,894,236
5 The Guardian 4,906,694
6 The Huffington Post 4,721,214
7 Slate 3,526,905
8 The Wall Street Journal 3,354,520
9 Reuters 2,891,586
10 The Washington Post 2,415,594
11 Los Angeles Times 1,919,978
12 Fox News 1,690,950
13 Telegraph.co.uk 1,609,460
14 Daily Mail (UK) 1,304,779
15 NPR 1,114,516
16 Time 985,036
17 The Boston Globe 790,635
18 BusinessWeek 582,067
19 CBS News 565,777
20 Newsweek 562,238
21 The Economist 533,245
22 AP 515,010
23 ABC News 494,823
24 Chicago Tribune 448,363
25 The Financial Times 431,672
26 Forbes 366,096
27 USA Today 363,859
28 The Christian Science Monitor 254,322
29 AOL News 194,779
30 UPI 157,093
31 MSNBC 84,823

“The New York Times leads the pack by a considerable margin. CNN, BBC News, Yahoo News, The Guardian and The Huffington Post form the next tier. The top 15 sites earned scored over 1 million; from that point the scores begin to drop considerably.”  (Citation)

So- is getting our news from social media the new trend?

-Emmalyn Helge

M. Deuze, Managing Media Work, (SAGE Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA, 2011).
M. Deuze, MediaWork, (Polity Press, Malden, MA, 2007).

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