Social media ‘outstrips TV’ as news source for young people

Social media has overtaken television as young people’s main source of news, according to a report.Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV.The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research also suggests 51% of people with online access use social media as a news source. see:More than half online users get news from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter: study
Social media has emerged as a leading source of news among online users who increasingly access it on their smartphones, a thinktank said on Wednesday, warning that the embrace of free news was becoming a challenge for publishers of quality news.More than half of online users get their news from Facebook and other social media platforms, refusing to pay for news and using ad-blocking, which hurts publishers’ revenue, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) said. Offers Tools for Those Who Fear a Friend May Be Suicidal
When Carrie Simmons opened her Facebook app one day in late 2014, she saw a status update from a high school friend she had not seen in years that alarmed her. It read like a suicide note.”Thank you for everyone who tried to help me,” Ms. Simmons’s friend, whom she declined to name, wrote.Ms. Simmons immediately called a mutual friend, a police officer, who reached out to the local authorities in their friend’s town in California. There, the police found the friend in a parked car with a pistol in his lap. He did not pull the trigger and is alive today.’s rise as news source hits publishers’ revenues
People are increasingly heading to social media such as Facebook for news, making it more difficult for publishers to attract and make money from readers, according to an influential new report.The annual report on digital news from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism highlights the inexorable rise of sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, the rapid transition to mobile and a consumer backlash against digital ads as undermining traditional publishers’ business models.

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