Social Media is the New Source for News

According the following infographic from schools.com, online news revenue has now surpassed print newspaper revenue. Not a surprise when I think about how I get my news.

And, really, I don’t find the news anymore. It comes to me. I follow news organization on Facebook, reporters on Twitter, blogs of all sorts that are updated faster than any print publication. Heck, I get Google alerts emailed to me as people are posting about topics of interest to me.

The newspaper? I use that to get the local news that only a small town paper can give you. Of course, our local paper is clearly not doing so hot in the revenue department. I let my subscription run out. When I thought about going back, I found their entire website behind a pay wall. Why would I want to pay for a little article on the local town council meeting? And how could I share the info via Facebook or email anymore? I finally decided to go back when I received a letter in the mail offering me a special deal. It took me two weeks of calls and emails to get a human being to call back so I could give them a credit card. I almost had to drive down to the paper and hand them the credit card. You know, like in the olden days.

Think about it. How did you find out about Whitney Houston’s death or the raid on Osama bin Laden? My smart phone told me. I received alerts on my iPhone from the AP. Then, I went to Twitter to see if I could find some legitimate sources for more info. Twitter had info out more quickly than the television news sources, who were waiting to confirm what everyone was talking about.

Anyway, I caught this infographic last week and thought I would share. How do you get your news?

social media news infographic

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