Today I want to talk about how social media changed how we consume news.
I know that just a few years ago I was reading the newspapers every day and watched my favorite news channel to get the latest news.
But fast forward a few years and now I wake up in the morning and I check my phone or tablet for the latest news. I don’t even watch my latest news channel every day anymore because I cancelled cable.
I get most of my news updates from Facebook and the news channels/magazine I liked there, I usually still fact check on Google again, but certainly not every time.
At the end of the day, I try to watch either the Canadian or German news online.
How social media changed the news
The Global Relevance Review had asked 13.000 people how they consume news. Apparently, 59% see social media as the most important source for news. TV (57%) and “word of mouth from friends and family) came in second and third (45%).
Another research in 2011 by Pew Research found out that about 80% of American adults are online and about 60% are using social media platforms. The same research found out that 90% of Americans get their news from Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or email and just 10% of teenagers are getting their news from newspapers daily.
Sensational and fast news like Buzzfeed (17.2 million subscribers) is what people want these days. People want to share, like and comment. But with all that “noise” in our news feed, it is sometimes hard to see the real news.
“Everybody is a reporter, not every reporter is a journalist “– Xavier Damman
The following TED Talk by Xavier Damman, that was posted on You Tube, talks about how we all became potential reporters with social media. These days we all have a phone with us, which means we also always have a camera with us.
Reporters with professional cameras are not always the best, sometimes it is better the person was there at the exact moment the story happened and it can be reported right away.
Reporting this way makes it also very hard to control it like some countries want to do. It is much easier to control 200 or 300 reporters but when every person is a potential reporter that can be very hard to control. News will still leak out.
“A few voices can change society and the free exchange of information can have a big impact” – Xavier Damman
Take a look at the TED talk down below. It is very informative.
How do you consume the news? Do you fact check or do you trust your sources? Do you still read the newspaper? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!
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