Teaching Online Journalism

Meet the news audience of tomorrow

Awesome post from Melissa Worden:

Looking from the outside in

She explains how she consumes and follows news now that she is no longer a working journalist. She is still a news junkie, obviously — but one who never reads a printed newspaper. And she’s clearly online-savvy.

  • I subscribe to news Twitter accounts. CNN posts breaking news tweets, and I love that it doesn’t overload me with updates. When I get a tweet from them, I pay attention. I enjoy USATODAY.com’s “On Deadline” tweets. They give me a great overview of what’s going on nationally during the day. More newspaper Twitter accounts are out there, but none for my local or city area.
  • I get news stories from friends on Twitter. It’s like standing around a virtual water cooler. Sometimes tweets are chit-chat. Sometimes they’re gossip. And sometimes they’re news links.
  • I depend more on links shared by friends via Facebook.
  • I depend on my del.icio.us network even more to keep up with blogs and news sites.

… Social networking is more than creating a community on your own site (which is definitely an important step). It’s creating a community around your news that’s off your site, too …

As someone who works with 19- and 20-year-olds almost daily, I thought about them a lot while I read Melissa’s post.

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  1. Bryan Murley says:

    As someone who works with 19- and 20-year-olds almost daily, I thought about them a lot while I read Melissa’s post.

    I spend a lot of time with those students as well, and except for the Facebook part and the part about not reading newspapers, I don’t see a lot of those things among the younger set right now.

    I think there’s a bit of the early adopter coming out there.

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  3. Tim Holmes says:

    What were you thinking about your 19 and 20 year olds Mindy? If we swapped places I’d have in mind the fact that they don’t keep up with much news at all, though there is a lot of “communication” going on at a personal level.
    This is not to have yet another go at our students though. I am pretty sure that I wasn’t so very interested in news at their age and I certainly couldn’t spell accommodation properly.

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