Updating news in the modern era

Josh Dean

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The utilization of different sources of social media that has come with the technical revolution of the 1990s has led to the ability for people to connect faster over longer distances for cheap.

People of all nations are able to communicate with the world through media overnight on whatever subject they desire to speak on.

Recent attacks on the Charlie Hebdo Magazine offices and surrounding area have garnered different coverage around the world depending on the country in which it was being shown and have strongly shaped public opinion.

Though news networks such as CNN were able to quickly pick up the breaking story, many took to Twitter to share news of what was happening during the attacks.

The first 24-hour cable news service, CNN, debuted in 1980. Since then numerous other news outlets have emerged such as Fox and MSNBC. With the advent of 24-hour news, information is constantly being broadcast to audiences around the world.

Holly Mallinson said she believes 24 hour news channels to slowly fade out of the larger picture.

“The problem with 24 hour news channels is that after a major event happens, facts are sparse and so it leads lots of time for anchors to speculate about the facts which is in turn twisted to seem like facts,” said Mallinson, a senior atmospheric science major.

Mallinson speculated that this could be in part due to stations trying to be the first to report the facts on a breaking topic in order to get higher viewership.

Twitter and Facebook are fast becoming the place that people find their news. Traditional sources of news such as Cable and print are becoming more and more obsolete, according to Mallinson.

“I think Facebook and Twitter already have overtaken traditional news sources. People are constantly on their phones and most news companies have alerts through their app that will allow people to get up to date information,” Mallinson said.

Emily Dean gets most of her news through updates on her phone.

“I rarely watch television news. I see traditional news sources as already having been overtaken by social media,” said Dean, a freshman occupational therapy major.

Social media sources are fast becoming a quick and reliable way to obtain the news. They allow people instant access to what is happening around the world.

Hailey Rodriguez relies on Facebook for most of her news updates.

“It is somewhat reliable but you can’t trust everything you find posted on those sites. Even traditional news sources have to be fact checked,” said Rodriguez, a junior accounting major.