Social Media is the New News Media

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I grew up when we got the news from Walter Cronkite on CBS. He always delivered the stories with authority. It was hard not to believe or trust what he was saying. The same could be said for Peter Jennings, Max Robinson and Tom Brokaw, but it appears the deliverer of news has changed and, in my journalistic opinion, it’s not for the better. According to a recent survey by Pew Research, Facebook has become the regular news source for about a third of all Americans. Meanwhile, about one-in-five Americans (22%) say they regularly get news on YouTube, 13 percent on Twitter and 11 percent on Instagram.

The demographics paint a more interesting picture. Overall, women make up 64 percent of the regular news consumers on Facebook compared to 35 percent for men. Whites, in general, make up about 60 percent of the FB news users. In addition, 51 percent of whites turn to Twitter for news in comparison to just 14 percent of blacks.

The survey also indicates Blacks and Hispanics turn to Instagram as their preferred news source, with 33 percent for Hispanics and 20 percent for Blacks. Another point of reference is the fact that the survey reflects the fact that 37 percent of Hispanics turn to Snapchat as a preferred news choice, compared with 31 percent whites and 21 percent blacks.

When it comes to age, the survey reflects the fact that 47 percent of folks between the ages of 30-49 choose Reddit as their news source, followed by LinkedIn at 46 percent and FB at 41 percent. Meanwhile, 63 percent of young people between the ages of 18-29 look to Snapchat followed by 52 percent choosing TikTok. People in the 50+ category utilize Facebook for their news at 22 percent.

It’s also important to note here that 41 percent of those who said they got their news primarily from Facebook also said they have a high school education or less. A majority of regular news consumers on LinkedIn (57%) have a four-year college degree or higher.

To read the entire article click here: News Survey

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