Social Media Disrupting TV News

The days of rushing to the television to watch a major news story unfold are over.  Social Media has changed the way that we follow breaking news in things both big and small, from the release of who the four College Football Playoff teams are, to much more serious issues, such as the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.  We were too young to understand, but we hear stories of our parents rushing to the tv to watch live footage of the Twin Towers collapsing on 9/11.  Today, everyone would be glued to their smartphones, waiting for news updates, checking Twitter for reactions and video, and constantly refreshing their browser.

This is an example of the evolution that has occurred and how social media has disrupted the traditional television media.  First, news being available on television disrupted the radio news industry.  Now, since the creation of the smart phone, television news ratings have been on the decline and online and mobile news have continuously grown in popularity.  While the attacks in Paris were unfolding and information was coming out, a lot of us were at the Seton Hall Basketball game at the Prudential Center.  We couldn’t be near a television, but we were all up to date by continuously refreshing our phones for the latest updates.  News is so much more available to us than it has ever been, and we no longer need to wait for the 6:00 News to find out what had happened locally or around the world on any given day.

As of September 2014, over 5,000 jobs in the online news sector had been created.  This directly eliminates media jobs that were previously held by cable television stations.  With less demand for tv news and less viewers turning in, news companies have been losing employees to the online industry.  If this continues and news stations do not adapt to streaming online and staying up to date, they will face similar fates as Blockbuster, as discussed in our previous blog posts.  Facebook is of course leading the way in disrupting the news industry, as 30% of the general population uses Facebook to get their news updates, and this number should have only gone up since the poll was conducted in 2014.  This social media has led to a more interactive news experience and something that tv news can never offer.  This information is available 24 hours a day, at users’ fingertips, and gives them the option to leave comments and voice their opinion for the rest of the world to see.

To combat this disruption and stay relevant, news companies are using the social media that is disrupting them to keep their brand out there, target more users, and combat the losses they are taking with the television news.  Every major news network, CNN, Fox News, etc. has an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to reach more audiences and keep delivering news, but this time 24/7 as opposed to strictly at 6 and 11 PM.  Radio news was disrupted and then adapted to become tv news.  Television news is now being disrupted by social media and is adjusting accordingly because one thing will never change, people need to know the news.

26 thoughts on “Social Media Disrupting TV News

  1. Andrew Lentini

    Social media is now the new way to keep updated on all things that happen in the world. No longer are we running to the TV to hear the latest news. Just this week with the Paris bombings many people received their news over social media. As a teenager I spend so many hours a day on my phone and on social media. With my busy schedule I do not have time to sit down and watch the news so I need to get the news on the go as quickly as I can. This is where news apps and apps like twitter save the day. I was young during 9/11 but I remember a couple things from that day. We were let go from school early and I went home with my mom and just watched the TV for hours. If that was 2015 I would not have had to even leave school to see what was going on. I would be able to access anything I wanted all from my smart phone. I think it is a great thing that news can spread that quickly through social media. I know when the Paris attacks happened Friday a lot of people were at the basketball game checking their phones constantly. With social media this kept everyone up to date on the latest news while still not being by a TV. Social media news can also have a negative effect and no better example of that than Wilmar Flores of the New York Mets. It was near the trade deadline back in July when the Mets were looking to trade some people on their team to make them a playoff contender. It was a home game for the Mets when fans started yelling at Wilmar Flores that he had been traded. This was all going down mid game due to the fans access to social media. The fans kept yelling thank you to Flores who had spent his entire career with the team and was now rumored to be headed to Milwaukee. Flores was so upset about being traded that the next inning when he returned to the field he was seen at his position crying his eyes out. There is said to be no crying in baseball but obviously Flores did not follow this. The trade in the end ended up falling through and Flores stayed on the team for the rest of the year. This is perfect example of where social media was negatively used. The news of the trade was given to users so quickly that it was not even completed before everyone found out. Social media is affecting newspaper companies the most. More and more newspaper companies are making cuts to their staff in order save some money since people are not buying many newspapers anymore. Now we can receive all the news we want right in the palm of out hand for free. Newspaper companies will not be around for much longer. I give them a maximum of 10 more years until we no longer print newspapers. Online news is easy and cheap for the customers and that is why it will end up being the downfall of all newspaper companies.

  2. Justin Amelio

    It is crazy to think how dominant social media has become in the world today. Like the article stated the TV decreased the amount of people who use the radio and now social media has begun to decrease the amount of people who watch the news on TV. Although this is true for a good percentage of the people in the world, there will always be the baby boomer generation and other generations who will still listen to the radio for the news and watch the news on television. My parents for example still both watch the News on TV at the same time every day. My dad was born in 1958 and my mom was born in 1963 so they are old fashioned. My dad watched the news every morning at 8 when he wakes up and my mom watches the news every day at 6. There are several apps that can be downloaded to get updates on world and US news. It is hard to find someone who actually listens to the radio to get news other than people who are commuting to work, but even in this case most people listen to music while they are driving to work.

    Most news channels such as CNN and MSNBC just to name a few TV stations have created their own apps on the app store in order to keep up with other channels that have this feature. News can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and now even Snapchat. Although most of the news on these social media sites are legitimate some of them are fake. It is easy to spot a fake article but for some people they cannot decipher a real article from a fake one. Some of the sources that have these articles are sketchy which makes it easy to tell if it is real or not. I just think it is crazy that social media has taken over the news on TV, who knows what will happen next maybe something will even replace social media for news in the future. Having access to news on social media makes life easier for many people across the world.

  3. Dana Guittari

    “One thing will never change, people need to know the news.” How they get that news, however, is one thing that has changed. The internet has taken over nearly every aspect of life. From watching tv, to listening to music, to getting the news – everything can be done quicker and easier online. People don’t watch tv anymore, they stream shows online. They don’t go out and buy CD’s and albums, they download music on their computers and smartphones. And now they no longer tune in and watch the news. They have a 24/7 live news update available at their fingertips. It seems like only moments after something happens there are already tons of articles published and shared online. There is no longer a need, as Sean Green mentions in this article, to tune into the 6 o’clock or 11 o’clock news and wait to see what happens. People can scroll down their newsfeeds on Facebook or Twitter and find out the same information with the swipe of their finger. Now I am not a big fan of social media. I do have an Instagram account because I like pictures, but I am not on Facebook or Twitter. But I’m also not a fan of traditional news channels. Partly because I am never home or free at the times these channels play, and partly because I am not a fan of television at all, but mostly because I get all of my news updates from my phone. I have applications on my phone that can give me the same – if not more – news updates anytime anywhere from the convenience of my cell phone. I have Yahoo! News and CNN News, and I am big fan of Buzzfeed which actually does publish a lot of news articles along with their entertainment articles. There’s no longer a need for me, and the majority of people, to physically watch the news when they can get the same information elsewhere.
    And that’s why social media has been so disrupting to physical news channels. I was actually really surprised to learn that 30% of the general public uses Facebook to get their news updates, a percent which is probably even higher now. Social media has become increasingly popular, especially within our generation, so if users can access current news along with their friends’ status updates, they’re killing two birds with one stone. I actually think that’s a good thing, though. I’ve never been a fan of Facebook because I have never seen the importance of it, but if it is allowing users to see important news updates and shed some light on what is going on in the world, it can’t be too bad than. At least social media websites are promoting the sharing of important information over ridiculous status updates. And really the only thing these traditional news channels can do before they become obsolete is to adapt to the social media craze by creating their own accounts and getting users to share their news posts.

  4. Linda L

    This article was interesting to see the evolution on following breaking news locally and globally. We used to hear about news through the radio, then that transitioned to TV, and now this generations is being informed by social media sites. Due to cell phones it is not a surprise television news ratings have been on a decline; while online and mobile news are ire inclining. People these days are not home waiting for the 5 o’clock news with their busy schedules, unless it disrupts prime time TV shows you may be watching. News are being constantly updated on websites not just locally but world wide to get the most up to date information.
    Needless to say people will always need to know the new but people are adapting the smartphones and internet websites. I personally never have time to watch or catch up with news so I get informed through Yahoo News or Facebook posts by my friends. It’s pretty sad because Facebook is not a reliable source, so of course I need to do additional research on a repeatable source to verify details.
    Growing up I would watch the evening news with my parents, then I grew older to read the local newspaper, and now it has completely been overtaken by social media at the click of a button through your cell phone. Technology is evolving and we are all adapting well for the unforeseen changes.

  5. Isabel Goodman

    Disruption is occurring all around us, and sometimes until it is brought up, we do not even recognize it. The transition from TV news to news alerts on our phones appeared seamless, perhaps as a result of the adaption to the smartphone itself or because of the increased access to information that was embraced and unquestioned. Television has become less frequently used and we can thank our smartphones for that. As the blog post stated, we can receive news information any time. So what would be the point of using a TV to give us the news when at the click of a button we can receive all the details we need from various sources from any country in the world? This is the evolution of technology at work. First it was fireside story telling, then it grew to radio broadcasting, television news followed, and now finally we are in the social media era. Television just cannot compete with the easy access and speed in which the smartphone operates. Consumers desire everything quickly, and that is what news on their smartphone gives them. While this is a problem for television broadcasting, there is something that can be done, which the post brings up quite nicely. The television broadcasting stations can create their own social media accounts to keep up with the rapidly expanding social media revolution. Instead of calling it quits and trying to discover the next best thing, they have joined in on the instant news. They create their own accounts and applications which the reader can decide to follow and download. This does not eliminate them from the game. In fact, it does the opposite. They are now big players. They have the resources and expertise to make this form of news better than ever. Since their entire job is to bring the news to the people and have their ratings go up, they have been able to bring the news through social media and link back to their original content. Now they have their viewers again. Though not television viewers, they have viewers on videos they post to their website, on YouTube, or really any other site that will allow the viewer to see it. It is time for the television broadcasting companies to take back what is theirs. Though they cannot do it through television anymore, that does not mean they should give up. Social media has provided an outlet for both the viewer and the news distributer to fully engage with one another for a common benefit. Everyone needs to know the news regardless of the means taken to get it.

  6. Aaron Varghese

    Sean Green’s article on how social media and smartphones are disrupting the television news media definitely made some great and undeniably true points regarding the evolution of news technology. Just like Sean said, most people today, especially the Millennial Generation, are almost always having their smartphone on them, gaining live updates on news and events via social media and various other internet sources. From my perspective, I can hardly remember the last time I looked at the television to watch the news at a set time. The only times i usually see the news is when there is a rerun of previously aired news online or through social media. No one stays glued to their TV 24 hours a day. However, practically all 24 hours in that day involve some sort of smartphone usage. This is not only true with the Millennial generation but is also showing increases in use amongst basically all the generations. My father and mother both have smartphones and use them very frequently(Although, they do not have too much knowledge on all the features of their phones). Even my mom’s parents both have smartphones. And even though they may not have social media, they definitely use the online features and capabilities of their smartphones so that they can search up information or learn more about a major news story. My dad’s father on the other hand, is one who prefers to stick to tradition. While his mindset might be stuck from a previous generation, he is still incredibly intelligent. He reads multiple newspapers in different languages including English, Spanish, Malayalam(Indian Language), Russian, and even more. He reinforces what he reads with CNN news. Of my family, I would say that my dad’s father is definitely the most aware as to the current events that are transpiring day to day. So using my grandfather as evidence, there certainly is a bit of additional and untapped knowledge that is gained by reading a paper versus looking at your phone for updates. It could probably be the fact that much more information remains in your mind, regardless of how boring it may be. But nonetheless, the undeniable truth is that most people have turned from watching the news on TV’s to watching the news on their phones. This is definitely a much more efficient way to distribute the news and reach large number of people at once. There are some cons to this disruption in technology of course. The biggest one, like Sean said, is the fact that many people in the television media business are being laid off as big news companies that air on TV are also going on social media and online news for more efficiency. The television news industry was a big business that supplied a bunch of jobs to people. Now that big networks like CNN and FOX are going social, mobile, and online with their news who’s going to want t devote time glued to their TV. With this efficiency sadly comes sacrifices. And the sacrifices in this case, are many jobs. The future of technology(for a while at least) is going to found in social media and the internet. This is why it is important to stay ahead of the curve in such situations.

  7. Michael MacRae

    This post regarding social media’s impact on news distribution is filled with facts and statistics – something most of these articles don’t contain. Most of the articles I have read about social media are usually just complaints about how “people are always on their phones”, reminiscent of the famous Simpson’s image where grandpa Abe yells at a cloud. Thankfully, this article contains actual statistics that show social media’s effect on television news stations and their viewership. The post cites a statistic claiming that “5,000 jobs had been added to the online news sector” as of September 2014. I would have thought more online news jobs would have been added by that point.

    I, for one, am very happy that news is so accessible these days. As a younger kid, I was always waiting for the day my parents would let me read the newspaper because according to them, “it isn’t appropriate!” Even though my parents don’t read the newspaper anymore, we all are able to see the news on our smartphones over our cups of coffee in the morning. I like that in brief moments of free time, I can catch up on what’s going on in the world. In my first years in high school I always felt out-of-the-loop because I didn’t watch the news; I’m not out of the loop anymore with my smartphone. The post brings up a point about each major news outlet having social media accounts – that’s how they’re going to keep making their money. I follow CNN on twitter and so I am constantly reading new stories about the world. The major news outlets make their money from ad revenue online while they still pay the overhead costs on their cable news shows. It’s the way of the future!

    In one of the articles cited by the post, there is a statistic regarding use of newspapers. According to that article, only 23% of people surveyed said that they had read a newspaper the day previous. In 2000, that same survey gathered that 47% of people had read a newspaper the day previous. That’s a crazy drop in percentage – you would really expect more people to have been reading the newspaper in 2000. With this information in mind, I wonder how long it will take for newspapers to become an “underwater” investment that has profits in the red. Another statistic presented in the cited article says that only 12% of people had sent/received a personal letter the previous day. I think it’s interesting that people use letters at all these days – I remember them as a treat every once in a while from my grandparents. Every couple weeks my grandpa would send me a crossword from the newspaper because he knew I loved them. Letters appear to be more of a novelty now than a form of communication. With this article in mind, it is clear that our communications will continue to follow this trend of digitization as we grow further and further away from paper.

  8. Darren Williams

    Live television viewing is reaching a point where it has almost become a thing of the past. Sean spells it out very simply… “The days of rushing to the television to watch a major news story unfold are over.” Quite frankly live television, in my house and many of my friends’ homes, is almost solely used for viewing sporting events and even watching those at length are declining. In a previous post that was completely unrelated to television and social media, the fact that convenience is so highly desired in our society truly is changing everything about how we go about our days. That said, even sitting down to watch TV has become challenging, or at least live that is. The thing about older times and means of entertainment like the radio and the original television programs was that they all had one specific time that they aired and if you missed it you missed it. Seeing that as the case families would plan to all sit down and enjoy programs together as part of their evening knowing each program only had one certain time it was viewable or hearable. Seeing that the framework for daily lives in American families have changed now, we have created inventions to make it more convenient for viewers to access their entertainment when they desire, not when the television station has decided to air their favorite program. Lets take a look at some of these inventions and put them into perspective. First off, everyone knows how big Netflix and Hulu have become in the online streaming world but I feel as though the DVR is not getting as close a look as it deserves. The DVR allows owners to record programs and save them to be watched later. This device can come in super handy when people are on the run and know a live event they want to watch is coming on but won’t be home in time to view it. I feel as though rather than just offering the DVR box as an additional feature that people can add to their television package, providers should utilize its abilities more. What I mean by this is, what an individual records regularly could be an great indicator of their interests and then the provider could cater more to the customers wants and needs rather than creating an overall package where less than half of the channels even get watched. I can speak from experience to all of these things, how I only watch live TV when there is a big game on or how I find just about all of my news through social media and smart phone apps. When the bombs went off in Paris last week it quickly became a trending topic that had everyone talking on social media, paying their respects and just trying to figure out what the next move may be. Granted the events that become trending topics are usually huge ones that are national news worthy but the ones that hit close to home have similar effects just amongst immediate circles. Therefore aside from the continuation of advancement to increase convenience, and increasing jobs in the new online sector, embracing where technology is headed in the future will be an important step in making the transition from how we have looked at TV the past 30 plus years and how we’ll look at it the next 30.

  9. Ryan Hardrove

    I find it amazing to think how social media has really changed the world. Like in the article it states that TV has declined in the amount of people who use the radio and now seeing how social media has begun to decline the amount of people who watch the news on TV. I find this to be true but many people still watch TV for news because not everyone is on social media, I don’t see my grandparents or parents in general on social media constantly like me and everyone else of my generation. A lot of news channels such as CNN and MSNBC and among others have created their own apps on the app store to help people stay up to date on news going on in the world in case you don’t watch news on TV. I think in the future TV will be only be seen on mobile devices because a lot of people don’t watch TV anymore and the numbers support that. We are in a new generation where social media is now taking over TV and has now taking over the world of social media.

  10. Tamila Garayo

    Traditional news outlet have been increasingly less relevant to our generation as a result of Twitter, Facebook and other social media sources. They emphasize the importance of story-telling and engaging there audience. We now live in a digital information age we’re nearly half of all Americans get some form of local news on their mobile device as soon as it happens- sometimes even before news organizations have a chance to actually report it to the public. Social media is quick, convenient and very informative. It is no surprise that it is becoming the norm for breaking news. There are some events in particular that even shook the Internet when news got out. First being the death of Michael Jackson. I remember I was in eighth grade at the time and everyone was just starting to use Twitter, we were uploading photos of our graduation and soon saw an explosion of social-media activity regarding the Pop star’s condition who was reportedly founded by Dr.Murray. It was buzzling with rumors and questions.
    According to CNN, Twitter crashed as users saw multiple “fail whales” — the illustrations the site uses as error messages — user FoieGrasie posting, “Irony: The protesters in Iran using Twitter as com are unable to get online because of all the posts of ‘Michael Jackson RIP.’ Well done.” The site’s status blog said that Twitter had had to temporarily disable its search results, saved searches and trend topics.
    Another large-scale death announcement I learned through social media was of the late Whitney Houston. The tragic news of Houston’s death spread fast on Twitter. In fact, about 2.5 million tweets and retweets occurred in the first hour, amounting to more than 1,000 tweets a second, according to Topsy Labs. Twenty- seven minutes before mainstream media broke the news, it was already on Twitter, reported by a man who tweeted the news out to his 14 followers (Mashable).
    All you really need these days is one person with a smartphone at the scene of an event, and suddenly the whole world can access breaking news as it unfolds. Nonetheless I don’t believe that it will ever fully replace traditional media. Plus, there is also a tendency where people check their television and listen to the radio in order to verify news update that they have received on social media.
    I personally receive all my news from Social media, I don’t have a television in my room so it can be extremely difficult to tune into the television and watch actual reports from the scene. When I was in elementary school teachers would always remind us to watch the news in the morning and at night just to be updated on what’s going on around the world. Times have really changed since then, we have the news in our pocket and we shouldn’t ever dismiss it. In fact, some news corporations are working alongside social media sides and created their own accounts so they can be involved and deliver the breaking news, even in different languages. Getting your news from social media is easy and cheap and I believe this phenomenon is something that we should be thankful for, in some cases we would even be in the dark and unaware of certain situations without it.

  11. Stephen Gallic

    Social Media has taken over not only television news but life as we know it. One billion people supposedly logged into their Facebook accounts the other day, the most in a single day. That means one billion people were exposed to the advertisements, media, and updates shown on Facebook. This sphere of influence speaks to how far the internet and social media has come. Sean Green wrote about the recent Paris attacks stating, “We couldn’t be near a television, but we were all up to date by continuously refreshing our phones for the latest updates. News is so much more available to us than it has ever been, and we no longer need to wait for the 6:00 News to find out what had happened locally or around the world on any given day.” This on-demand connectivity and live updates allow people to monitor, view, and interpret news in a whole other perspective. But, is this social media surge a healthy way to obtain your information? How much attention is given to more desolate and remote areas unlike Paris? Or, furthermore, as is exemplified by Isis’s recruitment tactics, has this connectivity made us even more vulnerable to influential propaganda or news?
    I read a post on either my Facebook or Twitter feed which brought to the light the other attacks and disasters that happened the night of the Paris attacks. These involved the Baghdad attack and Japan earthquake. Now it is obvious why Paris would receive more attention than these other incidents. One, it was more gruesome and radical, two, more people were either witness or exposed to posts related to the Paris attacks, and third, it is a hub of global tourism therefore a popular location around the world. The case I am trying to make is that we might fail to observe everything and all the news around the world because we only are exposed to popular or “worthy” news. We must remember that we are independent people that require an objective view of the news we read on social media until we gain a more in – depth understanding. As was evident by the response to the Paris attacks, people were outraged with Muslims and welcoming Syrian refugees. This in turn caused the news outlets and key political figures to post their own views and words of support on social media related to these issues. One presidential candidate who understands the power of social media is Donald Trump. Donald is a master of being in the public eye because he brings ratings wherever he goes. Thus why he is leading the presidential polls at the moment. Not because he has great policies and possesses favorable values needed to run a country but because he has more twitter followers or Facebook likes therefore he reaches out to more individuals. Furthermore, when these individuals go to the polls they will be more inclined to vote for Trump because they know who he is and if he is so popular and funny on social media he must be a good and stand-up guy. The evolution of social media has turned this technology into a double edged sword and we as users must research for ourselves rather than browse our feeds.

  12. Eric A Novembre

    “To combat this disruption and stay relevant, news companies are using the social media that is disrupting them to keep their brand out there, target more users, and combat the losses they are taking with the television news. Every major news network, CNN, Fox News, etc. has an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to reach more audiences and keep delivering news, but this time 24/7 as opposed to strictly at 6 and 11 PM. Radio news was disrupted and then adapted to become TV news. Television news is now being disrupted by social media and is adjusting accordingly because one thing will never change, people need to know the news.” Yes I believe news has been disrupted by Social media, but I believe it has disrupted it in a good way. It may at first have struck the news networks in a harmful way, but they definitely adapted quickly. Since social media became a thing, it has been the most popular way to find out news and stories around the world. Back before these social media websites like Twitter and Facebook, no one new as much about the world and what is going on worldwide as much as they do now. The news broadcasted the most relevant and popular thing that was happening at that time, as we call it today (trending). Social media has brought people to learn and figure out things that interest them the most these days, not selected topics that a couple individuals pick thinking everyone will enjoy it. Personally I hate the news, 90 percent of the news is negative, all they talk about, is who died that day, who got hurt, and most of all how our country is doing worse. Positive topics are rare to be broadcasted. Whereas in social media you are able to choose what you want to read and what your interests are. Who wants to sit and watch the news for an hour and have them talk about the bad in the world, I do not. I think eventually the news will be obsolete, at least on television. We as people really do not need it anymore. Our devices like phones and laptops have everything we need to have on it, and news is one of them.
    The good thing about these news stations is, they have finally learned to adapt to society today, they now have their own apps, for people to download on their phone and they allow you to select what you want to hear and read. So will these news stations ever go away? I do not believe so, but I do believe in time the news being televised may not be a thing anymore in the near future. But that is just my opinion on it, I honestly believe we do not need broadcasted news anymore. Our devices that we carry around all day, can get us the news right away and can get us exactly what we are looking for. No waiting for the news to come on television and then wait for them to talk about the topic you are waiting to hear. Social media has made people become impatient and by the looks of it, people only want things done faster and better.
    Green, Sean. “Social Media Disrupting TV News.” DTL Blog. Shannonweb, 18 Nov. 2015. Web. 20 Nov. 2015. .

  13. Matthew Flanagan

    In order to stay up to date in this fast paced world, we must be able to get the majority of our news while on the go. Without mobile apps that enable us to stay connected to the rest of the world, there is no way for any of us to get the relevant information the we need. Being a student, most of my day consists of classes and studying. Any free time I have (or would have) I spend at work. There just isn’t time for me, like many others, to be sitting in front of a television for an hour in order to know what is going on in the world.
    My day starts early in the morning at 6am when I go to the gym. Then I eat and head to either school or work, depending on what day it is. Then from work, I go to school, or from school, I go to work. That usually brings me to about 7 pm. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, my day ends at about 9 pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, my day’s end at 6. After that, I head home to study and do any assignments I need to do for the following day. The only time in my day that I have to get the news is while I’m driving. This gives me a good idea of what is going on in the country and the world, but not enough to hold a conversation. An hour of time is just too much to waste, especially as a student.
    Just last Friday when the attacks happened in Paris, I first found out through twitter. All I was seeing were pictures of the Eiffel tower and the French flag with the caption, “pray for Paris.” That got me wondering what happened, but I was too busy to look it up. The next day I was listening to the radio and found out what happened. I thought it was crazy how fast the news actually got out onto social media. Literally within only a few hours of the attacks, there was news going around on social media about it.
    I think the real future of news is in social media, not in the news specific apps. Using social media in order to get the news is much better and more efficient then going on an app and having to filter through the things you don’t want to see. The people you follow and your friends will share the same things that you are interested in and then you will get news relevant to you because things that are relevant to your friends are most likely also relevant to you. Also, every big news station has a social media account. You would just have to go on their feed to see the most current news. Or you would just come across it on your timeline.
    The world is constantly changing, and if there isn’t a way to keep up, the you’re left in the dark. Social media is the next platform for news. It was first word of mouth, then newspapers, then the radio, then television, and now social media and other apps. People are only able to stay current through these apps and social media because of the time constraints of the 21st century.

  14. Marquise Moseley

    In today’s society the most important thing to people is social media. I myself was not very big on social media up until I was introduced to my first site, MySpace, and from there it was pretty much like a gateway to the rest of them. MySpace was cool for the moment, but then they just came out with new site after new site and I felt like I needed them all. It really is addicting. At first all I wanted from social media was the connection you get from others. It made it easier to keep in touch with old friends, new friends, family, etc.. Then after people really began to get the hang of social media they began to post news articles and other important things going on in the world. Social media basically made it unnecessary to wait for the news on television because you were getting current updates on social media. The best thing about certain social media sites is that everything is kept fresh, so whenever someone sees something in person or on the news it then spreads like wild fire among the internet. For example, on Twitter seconds after the first terrorist attack in Paris happened there were posts, videos, and pictures spreading all throughout my news feed (Twitter timeline). With the technology we have today it was easy for people to just tweet what was going on, and since we all have little computers in our hands all day the news spreads to everyone instantly. Honestly, I have no problem with this idea when it comes to things like news around the world and things like weather, but I do have a problem with social media when people use it for all the wrong reasons. For example, some people just can not go without bullying others, and because everyone has access to the internet it is to easy for people to spread rumors. Within seconds of a tweet going out it can end up around the entire school within minutes. People who use social media for the wrong reasons are the people I believe should just delete their account because there is no room in the world for people who try to make others feel terrible about themselves. Social media has done a good job at taking over our community as a whole. It was created and then by itself destroyed all of the hard work people had done in their lives. By this I mean that the people that worked their whole life to make sure they had a job doing the news and reporting something they love are now given a backseat behind us amateur reporters. All of us who deliver news via social media are pretty much all amateur reporters. Luckily, there are some older people in this world who still believe in getting things like the news the old fashioned way where they stare at the television and wait for the news. Some people that are just anti-technology do the same. It is good to have some people like this because it keeps people like real reporters in their job positions because without these older people there would not be many people keeping the ratings up for these news companies.

  15. Rushil Gandhi

    We went from radio news to daily news on the television, sometimes with live pictures. Now we are transitioning from television news to mobile alerts and social media stories going viral. This transition has been somewhat seamless, in the sense that the public is now used to the idea of getting news of a world event or an event of national significance at the touch of their fingers. This transition, however, is affecting the news industry in a way that many could have predicted. Newspaper companies and physically printed news is going into obscurity as the millennial generation tends to get its news through their phones or online. News broadcasters like NBC, Fox and CNN are also experiencing steep declines in viewership numbers as more of the population prefers to use the internet as a source of news. Though it quite amazing that the population can get news at the lightening pace it can in today’s society, there are some negatives to this. One of the biggest one is that the public can sometimes get a news story where all the details and aspects of the story are not necessarily confirmed. This, in turn, means that the public and the subjects of the news stories can be misled quite easily creating social confusion and other problems.
    Another problem online news and social media delivering news stories causes is that it only increases the human race’s dependence on technology and social media. These days many young individuals check their Facebook page or other social media sites several times daily. It is like their life depends on it. This coupled with the fact that now news will most likely be delivered through their social media means that the millennial generation will be attached to social media even more. The sad part is that this is all coming at a detriment to television news and physical printing news industries. In my opinion, these industries will not last very long as the continued growth and dependence of online news will surely take away vital consumers for companies that broadcast news like Fox, CNN and many others. However, I do feel that delivering news online has increased the ability of the news companies to reach the masses. For instance, a CNN story posted online can be accessed by anyone from around the world but if that story was to be broadcast on Television then it would only be accessible to the US population.

  16. Tamem Jalallar

    Social Media is the best innovation that we have created in the past 10 years, with the light exception of Facebook, which was created in 2004 but did not allow the “public” to register until early 2006. Certain sites and applications haev had a huge beneficial factor to our economy. Whether it be Snapchat or Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn, we are constantly forced to be in this forsaken loop that we call society. These applications have kept companies alive, whether tthrough the acquisition of the company or the simply inquiry to purchase. Yahoo sucks, I am forced to use it becasue of Fantasy Football, many people don’t even like the email service we just use it for Fantasy Football. In late 2013, Yahoo made the attempt to purchase Snapchat at a, then, extreme amount of 400 million dollars. Snapchat declining and replying with “In a years time, we’ll be worth 10 times the amount.” Which was rash since the company had not had a profit business model, or any revenue for that matter. But in a year an a half they are current worth 19 BILLION dollars. They hold the third largest user base, behind Facebook and Twitter. But why is that significant? Companies have aimed their funding to these social media sites to have more exposure. A network news show is limited to the network it is on, but with Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter it is spread to well over a billion, cumulative users.

  17. Lauren Gutowski

    We have access to everything at our fingertips. Back in the 60s and 70s, most people only had one TV in their households if they were lucky. Now people have 5 or more and none of us even see the television as a “go to” for the daily news. I must say I am an avid social media user: Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. Maybe not so much Instagram but my Facebook timeline is flooded with articles about recent events and other important subject matters. On the right side of the home page there is a column about trending news that constantly changes by the hour. I remember creating my account in 2008; the only information to appear on my timeline was statuses, pictures and other activity my online friends decided to post. Seven years later, people sign in to keep updated on worldly evens. Even Snapchat has its ways deliver news to their users in video form through their “Discover” tool bar at the top the account such as Daily Mail, iHeart Radio, People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, ESPN, CNN etc. Examining the trendy social media accounts of the day, it’s a wonder how the prehistoric sites such as MySpace never lasted. Well, like I said, “the trendy social media”

    Interesting food for thought from this article: What is the future for our current news channels? FOX, MSNBC, CNN continue to thrive as of right now but I am sure they’ll continue to lose viewers in years to come. And you know why? It all comes back to that convenience aspect this world craves. Instead of needing to find a TV in order to know what the 411 is, we simply pick up our phones and look it up on the Internet. What also gives cellular devices an advantage is the different sources that pop up within the matter of milliseconds. Back then, you had to keep flipping through channels in order to see the different perspectives from every news channel. Now you type in the word “ISIS” into Google and every news channel’s website is only a click away. I really cannot think of one advantage broadcasters have over social media accounts, maybe just the traditional way lying on the couch and watching TV? Too bad most millennials lie on their couch and search through their phones instead of turning the TV on which is directly in front of them.

    From the looks of it, I do not see TV news experiencing a dramatic change in viewership for a while. But the audience decreases ever so slightly each year. I agree with Sean’s post, I am sure we’ll witness job decline with media jobs concentrated with cable news. And the 5,000 jobs that were created within the online news sector are bound to continue a steady increase. In order to stay relevant, it is a good idea these networks are taking advantage of the exposure they’ll receive on social media because honestly, we may see television delivered news reaching its fate in years to come.

  18. Alex Vovk

    In his DT&L blog post “Social Media Disrupting TV News” Sean Green discusses the changing trend of how the current generation consumes news compared with the generations past. He correctly points out the increased reliance of younger generation on the social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Tumblr, to name just a few, for the breaking news or even news in general.

    Undeniably, the social media has disrupted the traditional mainstream media in a significant and irreversible way. This is evident in the falling ratings of the television news programs, declining viewership numbers of network TV channels, shrinking audiences of radio talk shows, and constantly diminishing number of subscribers to various printed news publications, all in favor of web-based news outlets. Speaking of the printed media, it used to be a vital skill, especially for the commuters on crowded public transit in large cities, to be able to properly fold the newspaper so that it wouldn’t annoy the fellow riders standing or sitting nearby. In fact, the New York Times published a guide on how to properly execute a “subway fold” ( These days it’s a dying or dead art, rendered unnecessary by the electronic devices that make reading in crowded spaces a pleasant experience. It is very rare to see someone reading a newspaper. Much more common is the sight of people reading their newspapers or magazines on Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook devices, flipping virtual pages by swiping the touchscreen. Similarly, playing games or watching movies when travelling or commuting is happening more and more on tablet computers.

    Even online news services are experiencing profound changes that affect their revenue streams. People are resisting the paid subscription business model in favor of the services delivered for free, even when these providers attempt to monetize their offerings by relying on a variety of advertising options. With the proliferation of easily installed add-ons and plug-ins for every major internet browser, virtually all intrusive advertising can be easily removed.

    This trend, which is really not that new and not unique to the United States, is the new norm, and has cascading effect not only on the economics of the newspaper and TV industry, but even on the economy overall and society in general. The falling advertising revenues for the TV networks and newspaper and magazine publishers result in job losses through layoffs, downsizing, outsourcing, or restructuring. Even the motion pictures industry is subject to similar disruptions, when services like Netflix and Hulu cut into the profits and disrupt the flow of moviegoers.

    Social media is everywhere. Virtually every industry, every corporation, business, government agency, and every politician has a Facebook page or a Twitter account. Even the President of the United States Barack Obama and Pope Francis have social media accounts that they use, in addition to the traditional methods, to communicate with their followers. Resistance to this trend is futile, and most businessmen in every industry, all entrepreneurs, and public officials understand that. In order to reach and win the loyalty of a wider audience, to stay relevant, and to communicate effectively with their clients and customers, they need to embrace the very thing that has disrupted them in the first place and find a new way to do business. As the famous saying by Benjamin Franklin goes – “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

  19. Nicolette Devish

    The social media issue relates to most of the other articles I have read over this past year. Social media has truly taken over society and even the news we hear on television. The most important thing to individuals today seems to be social media.

    Personally, social media interests me, but I think it takes over some people’s lives. I was first introduced to a social media account when MySpace was created. MySpace is similar to Facebook, but a lot of people have outgrown this. After a while, even Instagram became addicting. It’s like I need to see what everyone is up to. I also do like the fact it’s easier to get in touch with people, with all the new ways to interact. I can see how old friends from high school are doing or even family members in other countries. Eventually and more recently, social media accounts are being used to spread new news. Anything going on in the world, I can literally find from peoples tweets on Twitter. It’s so crazy how simple essential facts or important things in the world can come as easily as a click of an app on your phone.
    Social media has become very news correlated. The most current updates are already known even before you turn on the television and switch to the news station. With the technology we have, people just tweet what they hear is going on, even if it might just be a rumor. Cell phones are simply like mini computers. A couple clicks and instantly you know present facts. The evolution of social media has turned this technology into an ambiguous weapon and as users; we must research for ourselves rather than browse our feeds.

  20. Manpreet Swaitch

    In today’s society who doesn’t use social media to stay up to date with what is going on in the world? Social media isn’t just for being updated on news, it is used for staying in touch with loved ones that are overseas by using Facebook. Facebook isn’t just for staying connected to family it also lets us connect to the world as well. Facebook does update us with news and what is happening. I know it’s sad to say but the attacks on Paris I was known by Facebook and not the T.V. There are some controversies that occur on social media. After the Paris attacks there was a feature available on Facebook to change the color of your profile picture in support of #prayforparis. Many people around the world were affected by this because they felt as though this type of awareness isn’t present for other countries that lost loved ones. I personally believe that it doesn’t matter if you did or did not change your profile pictures colors, everyone was still united through social media, at the time of loss everyone one around the world comes together! Going back to 9/11, I remember I was in sixth grade and we were let out of school early so we could be home with our family. I remember sitting and watching the news with my parents for hours. In today’s date, anything horrific that happens is instantly on social media for everyone to view and share. Studies show that social media informs audience of breaking news just by refreshing their Facebook page. I believe it is a good thing that news is available to us instantly and makes us that much more aware of what is going on in the world. Social media has grown in such a way that it benefits everyone on a daily basis.

  21. Joe Murdaco

    I can completely agree with everything this article is saying. I remember being a 5 year old child watching the television for updates on the 9/11 attacks as we were walking out the door to go to pre-school. My mom and everyone I knew would watch the tv to get there information. Things have changed dramatically. We are now glued to our phones to get the up-to-date news. We even get notifications and alerts from our phones when something important has happened. Smart phones and social media has revolutionized the way we get our information.
    For example, I can relate to this. Recently we had the election and although I watched CNN for the updates, I was on every social media app I had to follow along to the election. I would refresh my twitter page every few seconds waiting for the next “breaking news” post to appear on the screen. The most ironic part happened between CNN on the TV and CNN on twitter. As I had the TV station on in the background, I was also on Twitter. The Twitter page tweeted out breaking news information before it was stated on the TV. I think that is a modern occurrence and we would not have seen that years ago. Social Media is making TV ratings to decline tremendously because they are becoming faster to deliver their messages. Pretty soon, TV will be a last resort similar to how radio and newspapers are not used all that much.
    Social media allows people to interact with the news. We can comment and “retweet” anything posted by the news pages. We can now communicate with celebrities on these sites as well which is remarkable. Social media is an amazing invention and it revolutionized the way we communicate. However, the problem with social media is that a lot of false information is posted. People assume that everything on the internet is true and that is where our world gets in trouble. A false post from someone can spark a trend on Twitter. The entire Twitter community can see this post in a matter of minutes and a lot of people will believe it. That was the problem with the election. A lot of naïve people were posting things on their pages about each candidate that was false but people believed them. As with everything, there are consequences to Social Media. Credibility is a big concern. CNN on TV is usually fact checked and verified to be true. However, Joe Schmoe on twitter is not credible and cannot be taken seriously. I personally like both social media and television. TV has something personal about it. Seeing the people on the screen is better when they are giving out bad news. They can comfort you more and they can convey things that words on a screen cannot. The future is mysterious. One thing that is worth watching is the interaction between TV and social media. We have to see whether TV becomes insignificant in the near future.

  22. Javon Diggs

    This is a fact of life that I have been preaching for years: social media is slowly taking over the world. It’s all over the place now, so much that at this point it can’t even be considered a trend anymore: it’s a part of life for some people. With literally hundreds of millions of users on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter alone, it has effectively taken over millions of lives. But why is that. Why has social media become so popular to the point that it is starting to give television news shows a run for their money? The answer actually isn’t as complicated as one would think.

    As previously mentioned, at this point social media is less of a fad more so than it is a facet of many daily lives at this point. Facebook, probably the biggest social media platform, was first created in 2004, so it’s life cycle has been 12 years and counting. How has it lasted this long without dying out? It began like any other trend, such as the Ice Bucket Challenge or the new Mannequin Challenge, a popular feature that had everybody doing it. The thing that separates social media from trends is that it is much more useful and up to date. Most trends have a life cycle of about a month, because they start off as fun and exciting in the beginning, but after a while, it gets boring and old. Social media has always made sure to update itself with new and creative software and features to make people keep coming back to it.

    It doesn’t just stop there. Trends mainly become boring not because they get dull and old, but really because many of them just aren’t useful. How has the Mannequin Challenge benefited anyone who has participated in it? Social media allows you to stay in contact with distant family and friends, allows you to rekindle old relationships with people you haven’t seen in years, and recently, as the article stated, provide people with news updates. This is where social media turned the tide on television programs. Along with their new and creative updates, Facebook (and other social media platforms) realized that if they wanted to keep being relevant, they should try to become the up-to-fate source for news. With technology rapidly evolving to the point where our phones receive live updates in seconds, this wasn’t much of a decision. Even I admit I get almost all of my news from my phone. I found out about the election results from several notifications from Facebook. Almost everybody would rather get the news as soon as it happens rather than wait until 6 o’clock to hear it on a station.

    With all of these great new features, it’s no wonder it seems like social media runs everything nowadays. Whether it be the news, sports, relationships, or whatever topic you could think of, social media always keeps us updated quickly on everything. Like mainly other things of the past, newscasts are starting to run their course. That’s why they’ve even joined social media, because it’s the best way for their companies to stay relevant. After all, as the old saying goes, if you can’t beat them join them.

  23. Matthew Multer

    This is the most accurate headline in the world. Sean just brings to light the fact that everyone now gets most of their news from twitter and other social media outlets. This describes how I get half of my news. All I have to do is go on twitter and I’m updated almost immediately of what’s going on around the country or even the world. Most recently the shooting at Ohio State University. I went on twitter and knew exactly what had happened and the current state of the situation. Not only from news outlets, but students that I know who go there.
    Sean starts off his article post by saying “the days of rushing to the television to watch a major news story to unfold are over.” Talk about an accurate statement. Social media has taken over. Every major news outlet is on social media, the biggest being twitter, and when one outlet tweets something every other one does too, and then thousands of people retweet it sending it to virtually every timeline on twitter. I am so guilty of getting all of my news from twitter or reddit. For example I watched election coverage on Facebook Live. Facebook, I didn’t even turn on CNN I just tuned into Barstool Sports, a comical sports website that usually puts out funny content of sports related news. Turns out it was easily the best election coverage. As I was watching this I also had on Fox News and Barstool had Trump winning 30 minutes before Fox aired it.
    Sean brings up how there is how television news disrupted the radio industry. But ever since the smartphone the ratings of news on the television have been going down. Mobile news is now more popular and all the craze. One thing Sean brings up is the attacks in Paris. He says that many of us were at the Seton Hall basketball game and had no way shape or form of being near a TV. That was me. I remember that, I was sitting at the game scrolling on twitter when all of a sudden I saw this breaking news. I turned to my friend sitting next to me and sure enough he had saw the same thing. Everything is so much more available to us. Professor Shannon has continuously said we have all the information in the world at our fingertips due to the smartphone. Internet access gives us the ability to google anything and google can answer any question in the world.
    It’s an appalling statistic that 5,000 jobs have been created in the online news sector. But it makes sense. Somebody has to be running CNN’s social media account. Companies have combated television disruption by staying relevant on social media. Every major news network has a social media present on twitter, facebook, Instagram etc. They can report online 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. No TV time restrictions. With the click of a button they can send a tweet about what’s going on to thousands or millions of followers within seconds. Not the normal waiting until 6:30 when everyone gets home from work to report what had happened that day.
    Social media news presence has the ability to keep things current and as up to date as possible. While television news is being disrupted, social media brings a new presence of news. And as Sean rightfully closes his post with “People will always need to know the news.”

  24. Jason Salazar

    It is clear that new technology has been taking over many things in the past years. This article is right about everything. The news was something that was always to be heard and watched on TV. Nowadays people do not find their news on the TV anymore but on their smartphones. Let’s face it, people are attached to their phones and will be for a very long time. The easiest way to get the news the fastest is seeing it on your phone. Social media can make the news expand very quickly. I get notifications on my phone when important news is on. The presidential election has just passed last month and there had been news about it every second of the Election Day. Even before it, news about the candidates and what they said would be all over social media. Many people had opinions and there would be discussions about it as well. During the 2008 presidential election, I remember I watched it on the TV and was waiting to see who the winner is. This pass election I was refreshing my social media to see who was in the lead and it would tell me. TV stations are now adapting to this new way of giving news because all the big news channels all have accounts on social media. They all know that this is where most of the people are on now and it is the best way to get the attention of them. It is just the modern way to do things now. It is sad that TV ratings are now going down because of this. But that is just the way things go. This is what the TV did to radio ratings back then and now the social media is taking ratings from the TV. Social media just lets people interact more, so if someone has an opinion of the news they can talk about it. It is something that changed as well. Back then you hear about the news and you would talk about it to someone in person but now with social media you have the ability to do it online. I usually do not watch the news on TV. There are occasions when I see fake news on social media. Sometimes I see something big happening and there are fake accounts that report fake news and make people in the social media go crazy. People really do not even need a TV nowadays. They can find whatever they are looking for online. Like the news is now found online. More people are being hired to inform news online and they are taking the jobs from the people in the regular TV news. I just see this as the new was to receive everything. It is something everyone must adapt to. This new generation is so attached to their phone, the best thing to do is to make things that will be easy access for them to get. I for one am glad I get to see the news on my phone, it’s much easier for me to stay informed.

  25. Joselito Abarca

    DT&L blog post “Social Media Disrupting TV News” Sean Green analyzes the effects social media has on how consumers are getting information in the 21st century. In 2016, it is unlikely that millennials still turn on TV and wait for the evening news. Social media has revolutionized the way we follow breaking news. As Sean Green states “social media has disrupted the traditional television media”. A few years ago, people had to listen to the radio in order to get the news and eventually the television was invented and consumers began relying on it. A few year later, the rise of social media has disrupted the two. The days when we had to wait for a certain time to get the news is no longer needed. Hispanic families such as mine, watch Univision. They give the news at 6:00pm and at 11:00pm. My parents still wait to watch the news but most of the stuff they will hear I have already mentioned it to them because I have already read about it on social media. For example today, I told my parents about the Ohio shooter. If it weren’t for me, they would have found out about it on the evening news. My parents still continue to watch the news because they have not yet adapted to this change and many of those pertaining to the baby boomers will still rely on television and newspaper for the news. Social media sites have made it more convenient for us. Twitter for example, has created a feature called moments which allows user to get a vast amount of news from the tip of our fingers. Snapchat has also created a similar feature in order to adapt to change in consumer demand. During the presidential debates, the event was streamed through Twitter! Facebook did a similar thing. In a few years once baby boomers begin to pass away, cable companies will eventually run out of business because everything can be streamed online. Everything is done online from streaming movies to music. Even news channel such as CNN, Fox, ABC have created apps in order to adapt to this change in consumer demand. During the elections I was looking through these as well as looking on Facebook. As a busy college student, it is difficult to find time to sit down and watch the news given the amounts of assignments that we must finish. As a teenager, I spend a lot of hours on my phone so it makes it more convenient to long onto social media and find out what is going on. Social Media has a lot of great benefits. When a major issue arises, everyone becomes aware of it and expresses their opinions. Social media helps get news on a wider scale. Social media helps spread the word. Just look at the Trayvon martin case and how popular it got through social media. The millions of tweets and Facebook likes helped spread the case. This has occurred with many other issues that have impacted the nation. Social has the ability to keep us up to date with everything that is occurring domestically and internationally.

  26. Daniel Alvarez

    To combat this disruption and stay relevant, news companies are using the social media that is disrupting them to keep their brand out there, target more users, and combat the losses they are taking with the television news. Every major news network, CNN, Fox News, etc. has an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to reach more audiences and keep delivering news, but this time 24/7 as opposed to strictly at 6 and 11 PM. Radio news was disrupted and then adapted to become TV news. Television news is now being disrupted by social media and is adjusting accordingly because one thing will never change, people need to know the news

    Social Media has taken over not only television news but life as we know it. One billion people supposedly logged into their Facebook accounts the other day, the most in a single day. That means one billion people were exposed to the advertisements, media, and updates shown on Facebook. This sphere of influence speaks to how far the internet and social media has come. Sean Green wrote about the recent Paris attacks stating, “We couldn’t be near a television, but we were all up to date by continuously refreshing our phones for the latest updates. News is so much more available to us than it has ever been, and we no longer need to wait for the 6:00 News to find out what had happened locally or around the world on any given day.” This on-demand connectivity and live updates allow people to monitor, view, and interpret news in a whole other perspective. But, is this social media surge a healthy way to obtain your information? How much attention is given to more desolate and remote areas unlike Paris? Or, furthermore, as is exemplified by Isis’s recruitment tactics, has this connectivity made us even more vulnerable to influential propaganda or news?

    There are a few way this connectivity has made us more vulnerable and I will explain one. About 30% of the general population uses Facebook to get their news updates, as Facebook is leading the disruption in the news industry. That’s is a large chunk of the population getting their news from Facebook, which I do not consider the most reliable source of information. In fact, as discussed in class, there was a new article that wrote that Pope Francis endorsed, at-the-time presidential nominee Donald Trump. Now, the newspaper or any other type of filtered news would not have told that blatant lie to its viewers.


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