This study examines news consumption patterns of college students by asking where respondents get breaking news and where this source leads them next. It seeks to test the assumption that social media, particularly Twitter, is displacing traditional media at least for the function of breaking news. If this displacement is true, how does it affect news consumption habits, particularly among the young demographic that uses Twitter?
The paper hopes to contribute to the area of news consumption research by examining the assumed social-media-to-online-news pattern of news consumption, specifically when it comes to breaking news. Furthermore, this study tests this assumption empirically in the context of an actual news event—the Boston bombing attack.
This study examines news consumption patterns of college students by asking where respondents get breaking news and where this source leads them next. The findings, based on an online survey, show the majority gets breaking news from Twitter first, but Twitter also leads users to get more information from websites of traditional news organizations, whose news reports students view as more credible than Twitter.
Most students get breaking news first from Twitter
From Newspaper Research Journal
Edson C. Tandoc, Erika Johnson
First Published May 5, 2016