The Impact of Social Media on News Coverage

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Three weeks ago no one knew the name “Trayvon Martin.” He was just some black teen who was shot and killed in Florida. Because of Facebook and Twitter, we now know the circumstances surrounding his death.

What social media did was take a local story and turn it into a national one. It has forced national journalists to take a look at the case and start reporting on it. Social media has raised the level of consciousness of the general public. Those who may have turned a blind eye to the argument that black males are always the victims of racial profiling are now seeing first-hand that there may, in fact, some truth to that theory.

Pictures are posted everywhere showing people wearing “hoodies” like the one Trayvon was wearing the night he died. People are blogging about it and some are even engaging in honest dialogue online.

The impact of social media is huge and not to be dismissed or taken lightly. Your credibility—your reputation—your behavior becomes magnified.

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2 thoughts on “The Impact of Social Media on News Coverage

  1. This is really ridiculous! Now social media is also a cause of death to every person even to teens..We should really be careful in using this social netowrking sites…
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  2. Trayvon Martin is one example of a viral news story, but I would also introduce the Kony 2012 campaign as another. The message can be a good one, to promote something worthy and uplifting, but if not managed responsibly, it can be turned negative in a split second.

    With Trayvon, we’re also hearing opposing views. While he may be an average student in school, he also enjoyed using drugs. We also hear, through social media, that he was suspended from school. Not exactly a “good kid” if you believe what you see online.

    We live in an interesting time. Information has the potential to spread quickly. Where many of us are trying to rise above the noise, there are those who have mastered the art.

    Thanks for introducing the topic.
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