Social Media & the News

This is the second in a series of blog posts for LIS’s Year 12 Core TOK class. Outside comments are welcomed and encouraged.

In the 21st century, social media has significantly impacted how journalism happens and how we learn about and understand breaking events.

In his TEDxThessaloniki talk, Crowdsourcing the News, Paul Lewis discussing how his job as a journalist has changed with the rise of social media.  In his talk, he mentions several popular social media networks which influence how and what gets reported in the mainstream, traditional news media.  These are listed below along with a few others.

Earlier, we posted about Traditional Mass Media vs. Alternative News Sources and asked about the similarities and differences in their reporting of news stories.  Today, the LIS library wants to know: How is social media impacting journalism and therefore the news we get?  

To answer this key question, consider

What IS social media’s impact on journalism?
What are the positive aspects of social media’s impact on journalism?
What are the negative aspects of social media’s impact on journalism?
How can you use social media to stay informed?

Core TOK students, please use at least two different specific examples from Social Networks in your response.


9 thoughts on “Social Media & the News

  1. I’ve found a facebook page and a youtube video both talking about gun control.
    The facebook page ( ) doesn’t get as many views as the youtube video ( ) which mean that the facebook page doesn’t affect as much the social medias as it is seen by so much less people. The youtube video has a higher change of influencing something on gun control as it’s seen more often, the fact that it isn’t the game player the one who’s talking makes it much more reliable as you know that he won’t say anything about gun control as his commentary could be sort of biased since he is against more gun control.

  2. Hi Ms. Katy

    The two social medias i used were Instagram and youtube for Child trafficking. I found that although instagram is used a lot, youtube is more famous as a media. So there were more likes on Youtube then there was on instagram. I think because it has to do do with more of a story a video tells then just a picture that says “Stop Child Trafficking”.

    • Hi Jade,

      Thank you for sharing your two examples. I think it’s interesting, because people mostly go to YouTube, whereas Instagram pushes things to us. Perhaps YouTube reaches more people overall, but Instagram reaches more people who are specifically interested, because it is pushing photos to people who have expressed an interest in another user. What do you think? How do you think this is influencing the media?

      Ms. Katy

  3. I found a facebook page on the Goal line technology theme. It’s targeting fans that want to like the page so they have a bigger chance of getting the goal line technology under way, under the URL: This page is for a petition to use the goal line technology. This helps the public know that it’s not in use just yet and it will be soon. If the media come out with a story saying it has been used there will be lots of questions because pages like this one have made it clear that it’s still a debate if this technology will be used, this is one of the ways that social media is impacting journalism.
    I found a youtube video under the URL: That backs up my point, that it’s not in use yet and is still being tested.

    • Hi Heliecio,

      Thank you for your response. I think that you are saying that the media can no longer ignore the voice of the people, because people have many avenues in which they can respond now, thanks to social media. I agree!

      Have a wonderful Friday,
      Ms. Katy

  4. Hello Miss Vance

    Social media is changing the journalism turning it into something different, still journalism but in not a classical way, as we know, in second news are spread around the world, sometimes it creates the doubt of viability in he sources, and we have to rely on trustworthy websites or sources to see if it is true or false the exact information.
    One of the positive aspects of social media on journalism is that the news arrive fast,making the people aware of what is going on in the world.
    The bad aspect about the social media in the journalism is the fact that we dont know if the information given is true or not, therefore we have to rely on a trustworthy source.
    I use a huge variety of sources to stay informed about the world, I specially use websites like:,,,, and other locals trustworthy websites to stay in touch about the world.
    Therefore social media is changing the journalism in a very technological way, which is good, but it is also tricky because they might not be true as well. I am being honest here, the journalism that we knew , is officially dead.

    • Hi Andre,

      I think you identified an interesting aspect of social media and the news, and that is that while news arrives quickly and we have more outlets, we also have to work ourselves to evaluate whether or not it is trustworthy. Luckily, you all are becoming quite media literate.

      Ms. Katy

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