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Step aside traditional journalism, Social Media is here to stay!

April 23, 2012

Our generation is using social media more than ever to keep updated on world news. We no longer rely on traditional forms of media such as newspaper, radio or even television to retain what is happening around the world. We rely on Facebook and Twitter to keep us updated. I’m sure we have all heard the saying, “its not official, till it’s on Facebook,” well this is true with news too. Many hot topics are always being commented on with status updates and comments on posts about current events. Likewise, Twitter has become the number one source of information gathering for current events. The instantaneous feed of tweets that cycle through gives traditional media no chance of competing.

Big recent events that were first tweeted about before traditional news could report it were, Whitney Houston’s death, American forces’ raid on Osama Bin Laden, or the announcement of the Royal Wedding.

Many businesses are hoping on this bandwagon and while still releasing press releases for hot information, they are also connecting with their followers on Twitter and Facebook to update them on the company’s news.

There are both pros and cons for the use of social media to report the news. The big pro is the immediacy factor. Society is able to hear news information quickly and efficiently. However, the big con is that many people don’t rely on social media for reporting the truth about stories. There is a big factor of inaccuracy when everyone is able to be a reporter about a story. No one knows whom to believe.

Below is an infographic of some statistics about social media vs. traditional journalism:

Do you use social media to get your news information, or do you still rely on traditional news sources? Let us know what you think!

-Amanda

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