Traditional Media vs. Social Media

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Journalism is something that has always been around, however, each and everyday it is constantly improving. With all of the digital tools and social networks that are now always available, journalist have the opportunity to thrive more then ever.

News today is obviously not the same as what it used to be. Today, instead of having to read the newspaper to find out what was going on around the world more people are now going online to find out the news. When I was reading Journalism in the Age of Social Media by Jennifer Alejandro, the quote “what makes social media of particular interest to journalism is how it has become influential as a communication and news-breaking tool” really stood out to me. Social media is where most people get there information from and now with the web, journalist are always able to write and post.

Tools like Twitter, Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Quora are just a few examples of some appliances that help bloggers and journalist succeed. According to News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016,Two-thirds of Facebook users (66%) get news on the site, nearly six-in-ten Twitter users (59%) get news on Twitter”. Even though that might show a little concern to some people because some might question the reliability of the information some actually prefer it.

The interactive journalism program director at the City University of New York, Jeff Jarvis, pointed out that websites like twitter and Facebook allow the the journalist to become more human because they are writing from a different point of view. They are allowed to be more creative with the information they are posting about. Besides getting CNN updates sent to my phone, I probably find out most of my information from Facebook first. After seeing a post I will then do more research on it.

I believe twitter is a big tool for journalist because it allows them to connect with their followers in an informal way. People love to read things that get right to the point, I know I do, and twitter allows that to happen. Twitter is also one of the fastest ways to get a link into google because links that are posted on twitter show up seconds later because certain search engines “license” twitter streams.


Quora is also something that helps improve journalism because it allows you to easily connect with specific things you want to learn about. Although it might sound very similar to Facebook it differs because Facebook is more about being social while Quora is more about sharing ideas.

Since there are so many tools that help journalism spread that also means that the audience can find blogs and information that specifically relate to them. These tools make it easy for ideas to be spread in different ways so people get to choose the way they want to educate and inform themselves.

Social networks especially let  all reporters to connect with the world instantly. it is almost impossible to think about how people were ever up to date with information without having access to any of these tools.


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