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Facebook as a News Source

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 11:14 PM

In the news: More and more readers are turning to Facebook and other social media as primary news sources. How will this affect magazines and newspapers?

According to a recent Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) study, whopping half of Internet users tap into social media for their news. This shift in reader behavior is due to multiple factors, including soaring smartphone adoption and resistance to intrusive digital ad formats on traditional publisher websites. Readers are also resistant to paywalls and paid online subscriptions. They are accustomed to getting their news for free, an ongoing struggle for publishers trying to generate digital and online revenues.

The good news is that, according to a recent piece by Mark Sweney on TheGuardian.com, "most of the content still comes from newspaper groups, broadcasters or newer digital brands that have invested in original content." So quality content is reaching readers who still value quality journalism. For more on this, read Sweney's full article here.

Also Notable

Print as a News Source

According to figures from the RISJ study mentioned above, few readers are getting their news from print media. Caysey Welton of Foliomag.com writes, "The largest consumer demographic that looks to print for news are those who fall in the 55+ range. Yet, only 12% of that segment is getting their news from print, whereas 53% of them look to TV and 25% go online." For more figures and a more detailed breakdown of news consumption habits by age, click here.

The Best "Brexit" Covers

Time.com has rounded up some of the best newspaper and magazine covers highlighting last week's controversial "Brexit" from the European Union. Among those publications highlighted were The Guardian, The Economist, and Le Monde. For a slideshow of the covers, click here.

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