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.

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