Social Media as Your Breaking News Source

Social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter have proven to be more than just virtual communities to connect with friends and family. Now, they have started replacing traditional journalism as a news source. Over 50% of people learn about breaking news via social media now rather than other online news sources. The two major benefits of retrieving breaking news through social media networks as opposed to traditional news sources is its easy mobile accessibility and immediacy. For example, the breaking news story yesterday was in regards to the explosions during the Boston Marathon. Social Media sites like Twitter and Facebook allowed for stories, photographs, videos and updates to be disseminated quickly so that viewers could stay most up-to-date on the event. We will see this trend toward social media-based news continue to dominate due to its speed and accessibility to mass audiences.