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Is Social Media Boosting Quality Journalism? Not enough.

In Posts by Alli Pflueger on April 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Because I am taking a copy editing class, I have heard a great deal about the downfall of journalism. Its is becoming a growing concern for many students and individuals in the professional world.  I was happy to read that social media is helping journalism out. Though readers are more likely to read “fluff” stories, they are more likely to talk about hard news stories. So now organizations that have been producing quality journalism are getting traffic through social referral. Now that journalists are finding out how important writing online has become, they utilizing the search engines as well. Now a searcher is more likely to get what they are looking for in search engines. Research has shown that there’s more valuable readers out there, these organizations need to find a way to reach their readers. Only 10% of publications revenue ir from online, so i think they should be spending more time figuring out how to make money online instead of through print, or find a way to make print cheaper. Our news is important and even though social media may form trends to appreciating hard news, it’s not helping journalism as a whole.


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