Integrity Must Be a Social Media News Priority

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integrity on social mediaAs a senior in highschool, I wrote a paper on how journalism was changing. In late 2009 the Ipad was going to replace the print newspaper. Print journalism has declined, though its integrity persists. Daily circulation has fallen 7% from last year due to a 9% dip in print circulation.

Social media news consumption, conversely, continues to rise. Facebook in particular has become a popular outlet. Statistics from a Pew Research study show that 67% of adults use Facebook and 66% of Facebook users get news from the site. Thus, 44% of adults get news from Facebook. That’s reach.

Fake news stories find life on Facebook

The 2016 election (or perhaps more accurately the 2015-2016 election) brought many topics to the forefront...

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Second Screen Viewing Is the New Normal

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second screen viewingTake a second and think of all the television shows you watch. Now trim that list to include only the show’s you’ll watch straight through. Shows of which you can watch an entire episode without checking your phone. It’s probably a short list. For me: Game of Thrones. Today, uninterrupted viewing is rare.

Practices like second screen viewing and watching with a companion device have increased in popularity. In fact, in America, 56% of viewers engage in a secondary digital activity while watching TV (Kantar TNS).

Viewing cycles extend beyond episodes themselves

Our shrinking attention spans encourage us to browse Instagram or answer an email while soldiering through a 52-minute HBO offering. However, social media activity related to specific shows has increased as well...

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The Argument for Working From Home

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working at a computer in pjsAs we become more and more plugged in, it becomes easier (and more feasible) to do more from a distance. That’s true of work, phone calls, or just sending information at a moment’s notice. It’s 2016 – you don’t need a fax machine or an uninterrupted phone line; you need a smartphone with decent reception. Add in a home computer with Internet access, and the options are almost endless … and they’re constantly expanding.

Which is why it might not be all that surprising that working from home is becoming more and more common, more accepted, and really, considered a growing norm.

For the workers, that means a lessened (or completely eliminated commute), more convenient hours, a relaxed dress code, and more...

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Will Cable Soon Be a Think of the Past?

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Sponge Bob Squarepants watching TVFor the past six years I’ve lived without cable. Through Netflix and Hulu accounts (or those who shared their passwords) and a Chromecast, I’ve successfully gone without signing up for an actual cable account. There are, of course, exceptions as to what can be watched – live sports must be viewed on cable, any type of award show or live event also requires an account. (If it’s that important, I DVR it at my parents’ house, which may or may not be cheating.) But the point is, I haven’t cable … and for the most part, I don’t really miss it.

Bonus perks: there’s no longer that crushing feeling that you’re missing something good on TV, or the even more crushing feeling: paying hundreds of dollars a month for the ability to be a couch potato...

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YouTube Heroes: Internet Vigilante Justice

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YouTube HeroesYouTube recently made the move to get more social.

Under the still-in-Beta “community” tab, content creators (the artist inside me just shuddered) will have the ability to post text, images, GIFs, all the usual social tropes. Users can like and comment on the items in this stream, giving them a way to connect with the channel operators they most enjoy.

Sarah Perez points out that this is Google’s latest attempt to rejigger its social presence. (Any Google+ users in the house?) Social media is snatching up Internet ground like it’s post-WWII Eastern Europe. But is it necessarily a positive that YouTube is becoming more social? More social features theoretically mean more engagement, which means more advertising — so yes, as a business decision it makes sense.

But have you been to ...

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