Thursday, September 18, 2014

Where do you get your news? Call in September 17

Where do you get your news and information?

Has the era of the newspaper and magazine as the news and information provider of choice actually ended and we are holding on for nostalgic reasons?

What about radio? Do you listen to the news? Depend on the radio news?

Or has the world wide web become the new tool?

But do you go to the old media on the web?

Or has social media become your way of getting news?

I asked a class of students if they read the newspaper and of 30, 2 said occassionaly!

Instagram and twitter are this 18-24 year old university class’s news and information channel of choice!

I read 6 papers on my phone, via apps, and get the Times of London in hardcopy daily!

The Podcast.

Here is some of what the SMS said.

Hate to admit that am reading less and less on newspapers. But then they r outdated and do not provide variety. So instead of just reading gulf news, I can also read excerpts from spiegeleisen, bbc, guardian sites, in addition to listening to Dubai eye. 

Gen z stands 4 gen zonbier! James. Social media is the ultimate dumbing down of the masses. From an educated listener!

I enjoy reading physical newspaper and listen to radio 

I trust newspaper and radio but not facebook and other social media 

Listening to you right now James 

If I have all reliable sources available on line including my preferred newspaper, why not ? I also care a lot about "saving a tree" ... so you have the same content ... but in a different form. 

The L.A. Times and Huffington Post
Facebook newsfeed

Actual news, what goes on in foreign lands and on our local high streets, still originates mostly from overworked and underpaid print journalists. Web-based new media is a wonderful dimension, and I benefit from it everyday. But it cannot replace the work of the dinosaurs.

A new study by AYTM Research showed that 12.9 respondents to a survey said that they got their news from a social media website. The survey also found that 54.7 percent of the people surveyed found out about breaking news on Facebook and 19.9 percent on Twitter. This emphasizes how important it is for a legal internet marketing company to post news content on a variety of social media platforms.


The study found 33 percent of those young adults got news from social networks the day before, while 34 percent watched TV news and just 13 percent read print or digital newspaper content.

Among its other disruptive influences, the rise of the web has caused journalism to become detached from the physical objects it used to be embedded in, whether that was a newspaper, magazine or book. Information flows over us like a river now, instead of being chopped up and frozen in time. And that means more than just an aesthetic change in how we consume the news — it means that the apps and devices and platforms we use play an increasingly large role in how we get our information, and therefore so does the design of those services.
Researchers Mike Ananny and Kate Crawford recently published a study looking at this phenomenon, and they spent some time interviewing designers and developers of news and content-curation apps such as Storify, Zite, Google News and Scoopinion. As the two described in in a Nieman Lab post about their research, journalists definitely have an obligation or a duty to choose and tell stories ethically, but they are no longer the only ones that have that responsibility:
Today, press ethics are intertwined with platform design ethics, and press freedom is shared with software designers. The people at Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and elsewhere have a new and significant role in how news circulates and what we see on our screens. We’re only just beginning to understand how these companies’ algorithms work and why they matter to the editorial calculations shaping today’s news.

Algorithms are the new editors

As Ananny and Crawford point out, one of the players at the center of this debate is Facebook, since the massive social platform is a source of news for a large number of users — and therefore the algorithms it uses, and the design choices it makes, have a powerful influence on what news users either see or don’t see. The contrast between a filtered and an unfiltered view of the world was brought home during the recent civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., when Twitter users got a real-time flow of news that many users of Facebook missed out on completely.
Is that Facebook’s fault? Does it have some duty or obligation to deliver the news in an ethical or responsible way, like the newspapers it has said it wants to emulate? The Ananny-Crawford study doesn’t really address those questions, unfortunately, and in fact the researchers didn’t interview anyone at Facebook about its handling of the news — but to me, that is one of the biggest questions that is implied by the phenomenon they are describing.

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