Social Media or Social News?

Ross Johnson's picture
Instructor
9/20/2016
New Media

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How people are exposed to news is dependent on a handful of different variables. Some have ingrained habits that are difficult to disrupt, watching the nightly news or picking up the morning paper for example. Some have adopted new media sources like websites, push notifications on mobile apps or podcasts. Others don't go out of their way to seek out news at all.

What interests me is the final group, partially because I often fall into this category. I have enough on my plate that if something is important, I trust I'll hear about it. Typically important news becomes apparent through my social networks. I come across articles, reactions and commentary from those around me which keeps me aware of what's going on.

How do you stay aware of what's going on in the world? Are you proactive about it? Do you share news to your networks? Or are you reactive like me, waiting for important news to become apparent through repeat mentions in your social networks?

Comments & Feedback

Student

For me personnally i use my social networks to stay up to date on whats going on around me, for me its a very reliable source from important news updates, to sports, and anything social as well!

Student

I thought this post was relevant today. I found out about the violence that occured at Ohio State University today via Social Media. I still have yet to tune into the news to hear about what has occurred and everything I found out was through Twitter and Facebook. I find that really interesting and it shows how much times are changing. 

Student

I came back to this post because news on social media is becoming a huge controversy today. It seems that there are a growing number of fake news stories circulating on the internet and that people share them to the point where the news becomes widespread and many believe it. One can't blame them though as these fake sites are posing as reliable news sources. I think when discussing if we rely on news from social media postings or real news sites that we reflect on this increasing phenomenon. It will be interesting to see what steps, if any, are taken to stop the spread of these fake stories. With this growth of made up reporting, I think that it is more prevalent than ever that we all at least fact check the news articles we get from our social media pages. 

Student

Personally, if I were to use a social media account to hear about the new I would use Facebook. I follow different news accounts on this site, and I also recieve different information for my friends on Facebook. I like this source because it is eaiser to see the different opionions from my friends. I would ask besides social media, what other resources do you use to hear about the news?

Student

I think it is hard to find the balance between the social media and social news. Thought social media we can see social news display. But thought social media, the news we see is not the truth sometimes. It will confuse people who see the news. So that I think it will be better to watch more social news than social media.

Student

For me personally, it's all about balance with your social media/social news outlets.  I follow a little bit of sports/funny content for my pleasure but also a handful of business/political accounts to keep me updated about important information.  In order to communicate like a business professional, one must have a general idea of what is going on in the world around us.  Sometimes though, I think it's important to look on the Wall Street Journal and dig around for articles some might not have seen.  To possibly generate a conversation in the business world, you could bring up an article that you saw that might be in correlation with the topic at hand.  

 

Student
The first thing I do when I wake up is get hold of my phone and login to my different social media accounts. Facebook provides me with almost everything I need to know. I love reading comments from every posts  and this helps me know what other people think about certain issues. Sometimes I also provide my insights. 
Student

To stay aware of whats going on in the world I most commonly turn to the different social media platforms. People commonly share large news stories on Facebook which will pop up on my news feed. I will then read through the article and do further investigating on the topics. I also check twitter feeds and sometimes share information I've learned on either platform. With election season happening I'm watch more television to gain insight on political information. I am like you where I wait to see if the information starts trending to know if its real/ a large deal to many people. 

Student

I tend to get most of my news online, especially with social media. I usually just look at what is trending on Twitter or Facebook and occasionally I will check the New York Times website. I am completely reactive when it comes to news and current events. I become aware of news through friends posting on social media, and I never actually share news to my personal network. I tend to rely on others to bring me up to date on the current events in the world. 

Student

This is a very great topic! I most definitely receive my news through social media. I often see complaints that news stations dont cover or release certian important on the news as quickly as they should, so people dont rely on the news anymore. Im on my phone constantly, so receiving news via Twitter or Instagram is highly more likely than on my television. To be honest, I dont have cable or recieve the paper nor do I have the time to sit and watch television. Therefore, I would have to say social media is way more accessible when it comes to news.

Student

I feel like I ‘m active about the sharing news with my society and believe that, it’s important thing to do because we are losing our reading news habit and it’s not good for the next generations. I’m using social media to follow the news, especially on Twitter. I’m using also the news applications notification system to hear it first.  I like to share and tag my friends in the news comments. Are we giving the same value to read news online and hardcopy?

Student

I find it particularly hard to keep with up with news in my daily life. I used to wake up and watch the new every morning. With an increased work load this semster, I always end up hearing about large news stories through word of mouth or on Facebook. Unfortunately I feel as if I am not very proactive about learning the news that goes on every day. I also do not share most news to my networks. I would say that I am the one who the news is shared to. I am definitely reactive when it comes to important news. I only hear about the news through my social media networks. Without my social media networks I would be completely out of the loop.

Student

While I wish I could say I was more proactive about my news sources, I usually rely on social media and push notifications from CNN to provide me with information on what's going on in the world. If there is something significant or interesting to me, I will likely pursue more information on the subject, and search out other articles or news sources. I also rely heavily on those close me to provide me with links or information that they may find relevant to my life.

Student

Although i only use the social software, TV programs and i never read newspaper or listen to the radio, the pint media seems so far away from us especially young people, but i believed they will not be complete replaced. i like reposting some news on my facebook or my wechat accounts, i think it is not very difficult to make you access these news instantly, some app, website's homepage or youtube's advertisements will make you notice it.

Student

The Flood of Social News

There are so many options out there for where you get your news it can be overwhelming. I dont personally have a habit of checking the news regularly, there are times when I will go on tangents and really try and keep up with the news. I enjoy watching a little CNN every once in a while so that I feel like I'm keeping up with things (and it makes me feel like my dad).

The web is where the bulk of my news comes from though, r/worldnew and r/politics are two that I am personally subscribed too. Do any of you use reddit or websites like it to keep up with your news?

Student

I would have to say social media is how i stay aware of what is going on. I don't watch television at all so social networks and different news media apps is what I use. I feel likei'm reactive about the news because I don't have time to check the news everyday. Like my parents have to watch the news everynight no matter whats on TV. I feel like i would rather wait until something interesting and important pops on my social media to share wtih others whats going on.

Student

Social media is a large portion of how I consume news. I believe I am a mixture of reactive and proactive about my consumption. I would say I generally wait for news to become repetitive on the feeds of my social networks. Then, if it has been a big point of discussion, I will search articles about what is going on. I genereally have a few news websites that I trust such as CNN and Fox. Although the two are usually on different spectrums regarding political views, I like to read both to form my own opinion on events. I try to stay away from sharing news events to avoid controversy, unless I have a very strong, educated opinion. What social media platform is the best for delivering news?

Student

I use a variety of social media networks in order to stay aware of what's going on in the world. I typically follow the same approach you do in the sense that I expect important enough information to find its way to me instead of seeking it out on my own. I generally am not the type to share information onto my social media networks due to the fact that at times I feel as though I'm pushing my personal agenda onto others and would rather come across as a neutral party. Outside of the internet, I watch the news before I go to class. Typically, it's not hard-hitting networks and I tune into Good Morning America or Today which tend to have more fluff pieces than anything too pertinent. 

Student

How Do I Stay Aware?

I definitely subscribe to news outlets, download applications and try to stay as informed as I can. When the story is very influential or impressionable to me, I share it because it was powerful enough for me to let others know about my stance on something. I HATE seeing people who comment on things that they are not informed about. I like to read about things and get a sense of these stories for myself to form my own opinion, so that I am able to be informed and have my own opinion about something before engaging in discussion. It is our duty to stay informed as people of the world, and hearing it from the grapevine leaves room for false information that is seen as fact. 

Student

I'm not always as proactive as I'd like when keeping up-to-date on world events. Like you, I usually trust that if it's important I will hear about it. I browse Reddit, so usually if there is breaking news or other important events they reach the front page so I can read the relevant article and discussions about the event. If something happens that I have a strong opinion or feeling about, I usually will share it on Facebook or comment when my friend shares something about it as well. 

Student

I usually get my news from the front page of Reddit.com and even then I really won't share the news with other people unless it a serious disaster. Most of the time though I will just wait for the news to happen briefly react to it and continue on my day. Once and a while I may use that info to add to a conversation with my friends or make myself seem smarter than I seem.

Student

I often use social media to get my news. I find that I consider a news event as "important" when a lot of people are tweeting about it. I often find myself re-tweeting news that I find relevant or important so that my friends can stay up to date as well. What social media network do you find to be most important in staying up to date on important news?

Student

Becuse of social media is changing people's life and lifestyle. People will trust news on social media although it was not true. Sometimes, people will trust these news blindness by no reason. That's important to pay attention to such news. Because social network is more harder to control. people can say anything behind the screen. So how to control the social media network is very important.

Student

I have to admit that I am not as involved in current events as I should be.  When I was growing up I would watch the Today show every morning and I knew all I needed to.  Today surprisingly most of my information comes from word of mouth, and is very delayed.  Word of mouth will always be relevant, whether it's actually speaking with people, or even communicating over technology.   Normally when I ask my friends or family how they heard about the current events, they tell me they read it on Twitter.  That doesn't surprise me considering the appeal of twitter is short statements, that are faster to appear than any other platform. If I hear about something, I usually remain neutral and don't share information.  However, if there's information that impacts me personally or something that is trending with a hashtag, I will share my new found knowledge.

Student

I stay aware of what is happening in the world just based on my connections. I find out from friends, family, and if it is big enough news, I will get a notification from an app on my phone. Another way I recieve news is through Facebook through my connections. My friends will post their opinions on a current event adn that is how I will find out. However, this causes me to find out about news rather later than others, unless it is about sports where I know things before others a lot of the time. I do want to be more involved in national news though and I think the best way to do that would to recieve notifications from national news apps on my phone.

Student

I usually don't hear about important news until I read about it multiple times on my social media. There has come a time where it doesn't seem like anything good is ever in the news. I feel some type of way hearing news all the time espcially due to the fact I am a black women in the United States, there doesn't ever seem to be good news on the media for my people. Once I read a story on my social media (usually facebook news feed) I then go to Google to learn more about the story. I don't go looking for news, it usually comes to me. I read or listen to the post then most of the time look at the comments. 

Student

I am very proactive about finding out news. I have notifications on apps on my phone that alert me everyday to remind me I have to read my daily news. I read the news before I go to bed at night as well as in the morning when I drink coffee. I just started doing this when I got to college. I enjoy reading the news just to stay aware and so I always know what is going on in the world. I also don't like when I do not know what someone is talking about, if it has to deal with main events in the world. 

 

Student

I am definitely more reactive when it comes to finding out about news. I am aware that I shouldn't, but I honestly get the majority of my news from social media just because I feel like I don't have time to search for it or read it on my own. Facebook is really bad about this because sometimes I feel like when I get news on Facebook I can believe it, but Facebook only shows me the news it thinks that I want to see, so I am more aware now that I can't trust everything I see. This fall I have been more proactive about where I get my news from because of the upcoming election, and I want to keep this habit up after the election. 

Student

Unfortunately, I would have to say I am reactive I wait for the important news to come to me. I either hear about it through social media or from family or friends. Kind of shameful but most news I learn about through satire of online memes or satire based television shows like The Daily Show discussing real news and making fun of it.

Student

I try to stay aware of daily news through social media or internet. I only stay connected with the news that I am interested and I don't really look up or read other news if I have to. I am not the type who gets the news before others. I do share news or big events through social media or messages if I think this is important or others should aware of it. As I get older, I feel lke it is really important for me to stay up on the news more so that I know what is going on around me or the world. My question is, people use smartphones or tablets these days to read news. Dose newspaper still have advantage against these new technology? 

Student

I usually see what's going on in the world through social media or on the internet. I passively read the news before but these days I am more proactive about following the news. I am interested in reading news and find it interesting.  If I am really interested in a topic on the news I send the article to my friends and talk about it with them.  Sometimes I tweet and post about the news on my own social media pages. I think as an advertising major you have to read the news and know what's going on in the world.  It would be helpful to know what is going on among other people in the world.  Part of getting older is considering things that you haven't before. I used to be reactive, waiting for people to share the information, but now I often read the news before it becomes a trending story.

Student

I get all of my news from Facebook, Snapchat, or the people around me.  I do check Facebook and Snapchat multiple times a day and count on them to update their news stories when something big happens, but I'm usually not the one that shares a big news story.  Many young people don't even watch TV anymore which greatly decreases their chances of being exposed to a traditional news outlet.  I honestly don't even know what times the news airs on TV or what channels it's on and I think that's pretty normal for my generation.  I also think that unless traditional news outlets find a way to adapt and use social media they will fade away.

Student
I am proactive when it comes to consume news media. I frequent sites like Reuters and Politico as well as Reddit.com. I find news on social media but I am always skeptical about the source which leads me to independently researching it. This usually leads to me finding more news stories I had not seen earlier. I frequently check the my tailored newsfeed provided by Apple on my iPhone. Being connected with what is going on in the news is very important and is why I receive push notification from several different news apps.
Student

I primarily get my information online through social media outlets and through second hand of individuals I surround myself with. I follow a series of accounts on twitter and specifically during this time period with the presidential news social media is flooded with articles and common news stories. Anyone with a Twitter account or Facebook profile is easily up to date with important news, kind of closely relates to the idea if it’s important enough I will hear about. With that being said there is a lot of bias in social media and if you see the right story that’s different. I do occasionally flip on the television and watch the news, when I am home my parents watch the news often which trickles down onto me. I would like to think I am fairly informed and up to date. To sum up I receive my news via online, little from TV, and from close group of friends around me. I am not too proactive with relaying it, specifically because a lot of news forces you to pick sides and sometimes an unpopular thing, which leads me to read it, but not repost to keep a middle ground.

Student

i will use my iphone apps, there are some apps called news app, you can use these apps to know news everday, these apps will upload news everday, even every second, you almost can ready all the news just hapened few hours ago, also you can ready more news about other country, every big things happened in globel you also can know. these news include sports, society, comminuty, entertement,ect. 

Student

I ususally get important news through social media, because it's my primary resource as a international student. My friends usually share some big news on Facebook so that I can see them. Also, trying to be more invovled, I subscribed two magazines both paperpack and digital version. It I see something interesting or important, I'd love to share with my friends and talk about them. So I think, right now I am proactive about the news, trying to catch up what is happening. 

Student

I stay aware of current events through the use of social media as well as link aggregating websites such as Reddit.com. Truth be told I am almost never proactive about it becasue it is my belief that I'm online enough (more than I'd like to admit) that all the important news will get to me one way or another. I don't like to share news to my networks becasue often times I feel like that's expressing my opinion on something and I'd rather stay neautral most of the time. Reddit used to be and is slowly coming back to being a great resource for current events. Users will almost always see the most important or pressing news since each link's importance is dictated by a community through a voting system.

Student

I also in the final group, I have 3 news app on my phone. I always read it after class sometimes before sleep, 2 of them are Chinese news app and one of them is fox news that I can know what is going on both 2 coutries.I never shared news to my networks but I always add some comments below for exchange ideas. 

Student

I primarily stay aware of the news through social media. I rarely watch the news, if ever. I'd say im decently proactive with keeping up with the news. Over the last year i started following many news accounts on instagram and facebook. Many of the important stories pop up on my timeline. For smaller stories regarding business and topics im interested in, i generally read different website articles from businessinsider.com and different random google articles that i search. I never share or comment on any articles. 

Student

I have been trying to be more proactive latley because im realizing how important it is to get both sides of a story/arguement. If i always look at topics/sources that fall in line with my views i never learn or grow which makes it difficult to form more complex opinions overall. However i completly agree- its hard to be active when its so easy to get the big news you are interested in and dont have to put effort into finding it. However i enjoy being challenged and adapting my opinions based on new inofrmation, as i think everyone should be. Thats not to say that i go looking for things that dog my point of view- however being inofrmed of new points of view and topics is very important in growth in my opinion.

Student

I have always been proactive when it comes to staying up to date with what is happening in the news. It started when I was in middle school, I would always watch the news with my parents. Instead of them trying to protect me from some of the more alarming breaking news stories, we would talk about it, try to see things from both sides, and then form our own opinion. We would also keep up with stories as they developed instead of forgetting about them once the major media outlets stopped giving them attention. I am incredibly thankful now that my parents did that with me, however it did not make me the most popular person in middle school. I found myself holding discussions more with teachers and adults about current events than talking to my friends at lunch. In high school I subscribed to several news media outlets on Facebook and Twitter. I installed multiple news apps that would alert me in real time. I got into the habit of looking at my phone, not for updates on what my friends are doing after school, but updates on what was happening around the world. My favorite is Flipboard because I can customize the topics that show up based to my own personal preferences. My parents like to joke and think that this has made me antisocial because I am always looking at my phone but in all reality I am able to talk with so many new people with differing opinions on hundreds of topics.  The news goes beyond the quick recap of what is happening at the top of the news hour or what new 140 character tweet went viral. It is because I am aware of what is going on that I do not immediately share news stories onto my social networks. So many people like to take the first bit on info they get as fact but as time has proven again and again, news stories are always developing.

Student

I mostly rely on social media to keep me up to date on recent events. I am aware that I should be more on top of the news, but I am like you in the sense that I wait for important news to become apparent through repeat mentions on my social networks. When there is big news that I am aware of, I never share or post about it on my social networks. I have always told myself that I need to download a news app and just take 10 minutes out of my busy day to read up on what is going on in the world. I have the E! News app on my phone and receive push notifications when something big happens in the celebrity world, but I should do the same for everyday news. 

Student

Although I am not as involved as I would like to be, I keep up with current news with a daily email update from Skimm. Skimm is a website that breaks down current events in the lowest level possible, that way you don't need any previous knowledge to understand what might be going on around the world. The only issue with this is that you may be a full day late if something happens. In most cases, if something tragic happens people know about it before reading the daily Skimm in the morning. All terrorist attacks and tragedies are usually blown up over Facebook and Twitter that it's almost hard not to see it. All in all, I believe that social media has put an end to certain traditions such as watching the morning news or reading the paper, but it has also started a new ways to stay in the loop with our society. 

Student

I mainly get my news either from social media or late night TV. Both of these sources are more opinion based and biased. Since I follow more liberal types of sites on Facebook, I am led to articles that are more liberal. I usually do share certain news articles if they intrigue me enough, but I am not the one to actively search for new things that are happening. If I come across something I will share it with others though. I’m not really the one to tweet about something or my say my opinions about something on social media. I rather talk things out like that in person.

 

 

Student

I'm not very active in going out of my way to keep up with the media. I'm likely to hear about something on the radio while driving in my car or if I see something in person I'm interested in, I'll go out of my way to look more into it. I'm also a fool for repitition. If I hear about something enough, I'll check into it. I wonder if you're like me where you don't realize you're out of date for a long time until you notice you're the only one not up on current styles or topics. I find this happening to me more and more the older I get. A part of me doesn't care, but a part of me doesn't want to be left in the dark. I realize I'm one of the very few that still wears a regular watch, every day.

Student

Unfortuantly I do not keep up with the news as much as I should.  I reley mostly on my peers post on Twitter or Facebook or push notifications on mobile apps to keep me up to date.  This is truly one of my flaws because I feel that it is one of your rights as a human being to keep yourself up to date on important reports, especially with the up incoming election. With this being said, I  beleive social media brings the news to my generation because it is a lot easier to roll out of bed and check facebook or twitter rather than go read the newspaper.

Student

I think i'm a mixture of proactive and reactive as well. Because I have so much going on with work and school that I just don't have time to seek out information every day of whats going on in the world. I tend to find things out by seeing it multiple times through friends or associates or multiple comments or reblogs or retweets on a post. I stay aware of what's going on in the world mostly by my twitter account. It's the only thing I check everyday and things that are happening in the world are always trending or being talked about on the timeline. I think i'm pretty proactive because I do click on articles and read my peers comments and timelines to see what's going on. I share a lot of post on my twitter feed as well but other than my twitter I don't really keep up with things that are on the news or the paper. What are some things some of you do to be more proactive when it comes to keeping yourself updated and informed about what's going on in your community? 

Student

I am definitely more reactive when it comes to the news, although I should be more involved. CNN sends notifications to my laptop which is one source I use, I will usually click the notification if it is one that really grabs my attention. Other than that, I usually get my news from Facebook because I always know that at least one of my friends will share a link, which I can easily view. Social media makes it easier to get news from since I can log in at any time rather than watching the news at a specific time. 

Student

I am definitely reactive when it comes to news. I'm pretty active on social media so I know that if something happens in the news that I will hear about it that way. I used to receive notifications on my iPhone for important news stories but after a while I ditched the notifications because very few of the stories concerned or interested me. I feel the news has always been quite cluttered and if there is an event that happens that's a big deal, I will most likely hear about it from social media. 

Student

Although I would like to be more proactive when it comes to keeping up with news and current events, I don't find myself to be one of those people. I of course occasionally watch the news when I hear something big happened. I am also very active on social media, therefore I hear about a lot of local/national/international news through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. I thinnk older generations grew up reading the news and listening to it on the radio or television. But, the younger generations today are a bit different. For example, my Dad is extremely into keeping up with news and whats going on in the world so he reads the paper every morning. But, my 24 year old brother keeps up with news by downloading ABC and CNN apps on his phone. Personally, I wish I was more active when it comes to keeping up with current events, but I am in college and have a busy schedule. Therefore, if I hear about something I will look up articles and read about it, but generally I am more of a reactive person in this aspect.

Ross Johnson's picture
Instructor
9/20/2016
New Media