2014 Study – Impact of Social Media on News: more crowd-checking, less fact-checking

SMING14The Social Media Impact (#SMING14) survey conducted by ING among an international group of journalists and PR professionals shows that dialogue on social media is gaining importance. Journalists widely use social media posts despite having doubts about their reliability. At the same time PR professionals believe that news is becoming less reliable as journalists do less fact-checking.

The ING survey also revealed that a majority of journalists feel less bound by journalistic rules on social media. Social media are increasingly being used as a means of engaging in dialogue, although Dutch PR professionals lag behind their international peers in this respect.

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Broadcast News Attracts the Biggest Audiences, but Viewers Spend More Time with Cable

onairTelevision is still the primary way Americans get news at home, with the largest audiences watching network and local news, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Nielsen data. But while the cable news audience is smaller, it’s also more engaged.

The study, based on Nielsen’s national panel of metered homes in February 2013, found that 71% of U.S. adults watch local news, 65% watch network news and 38% watch cable news in the course of a month. And on average, cable news audiences spend twice as much time watching news on that platform as local and network viewers spend on those sources.

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State of the News 2011

The state of the U.S. news media improved in 2010, at least in comparison with a dismal 2009. Newspapers were the only major media sector to see continued ad revenue declines, down 6.4%. But as online news consumption continues to grow—it surpassed print newspapers in ad revenue and audience for the first time in 2010—a more fundamental challenge to journalism also became clearer. The news industry in the digital realm is no longer in control of its own destiny, according to the State of the News Media report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

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Facebooking while on the toilet? New survey finds 1/3 do

Are you so addicted to Facebook that you check it while you’re doing your business in the bathroom? According to a new study nearly one-third of those surveyed said yes.

As Facebook, social media and mobile usage continues its explosive growth, AIS Media asked people a rather personal question: do you ever use Facebook on your mobile device while you’re in the bathroom? According to the results, nearly one-third (27 percent) of survey respondents say “yes”.

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