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A Consideration for Digital Reporting: Who Posts Political Stories to Social Media?

If you’re a journalist (and especially if you’re a political journalist), a new stat worth knowing about social media usage came out a couple days after last week’s piece on “The Twitter Narrative,” a look at who is on and uses Twitter.

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project’s “Social Media and Political Engagement” report, just 28 percent of American social media users have “used the tools to post political stories or articles for others to read.”

Interesting on its own, but better with context. What’s the percentage of “social media users” in America? According to Pew’s report, it’s 60 percent who use “social networking sites” (categorized as Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+)  and/or uses Twitter. In other words, it’s 28 percent of only 60 percent of Americans who are the ones sharing the political links you see during your daily reporting activities. Doing the math, that’s under 17 percent who are social media-sharing the political links you eat and breathe.

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PEW Study Asks Whether Facebook Would Buy The Washington Post

The big struggle facing this era of journalism is how to keep it profitable online. Tech companies have figured it out, though — according to the PEW Research Center, five technology companies in 2011 accounted for 68 percent of all online ad revenue, not including Amazon and Apple , whose profits come mostly from downloads and devices. So how can newspapers break into the online ad revenue market?

Could we be headed to a world where Facebook buys a legacy media company like The Washington Post? It’s a question pondered in a study from PEW’s State of the Media report, which says that Facebook is expected to account for one out of every five digital display ads sold by 2015.

Examples of these kinds of partnerships are already popping up, the study says, citing the following relationships:

  1. YouTube is funding Reuters to produce original news shows.
  2. Yahoo signed a content partnership with ABC News for video content.
  3. AOL purchased The Huffington Post.
  4. Facebook, with launch of the social reader, has already formed partnerships with The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.
  5. Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes purchased the 98-year-old New Republic magazine

Source: stateofthemedia.org | Via: The Wrap

That said, the study also found that while Facebook and Twitter dominate the intersection of social sharing and news, social media are not yet a strong driver to news. The study found that 9 percent of digital news consumers “very often” follow news recommendations from social media, while more than a third of all consumers go directly to various news sites and apps.  A majority of survey-takers, 56 percent, said that while they often find news on Facebook, it’s usually big enough news that they would have found it elsewhere — a hint that maybe Facebook isn’t vital to the discovery of news.

Readers are also growing increasingly aware of privacy issues online, which could make a hypothetical Facebook-Washington Post acquisition even trickier. According to the PEW study, “roughly two-thirds of the Internet population is uneasy with targeted advertising and search engines tracking their behavior.” This is at the heart of what Facebook does.

What do you think — could you see a future where WaPo is owned by a tech company like Facebook?  Read other key findings and major trends from the PEW report →

Key Findings And Major Trends From “State Of The Media 2012″ Report

The PEW Research Center has released its annual comprehensive look at the health of journalism in America, the State of the Media 2012Key findings and major trends from the study include a lot of information we would have guessed about digital and print revenue, and a few surprises about social media. Here are the highlights:

PEW State of the News Media 2012

  • Digital continues to dominate audience growth. TV network audiences also grew for the first time in a decade. Newspapers suffered the most, with circulation falling by 4 percent, but digital audience growing (though digital revenue is growing “painfully slow”).
  • Overall online advertising over all increased 23 percent in 2011, but tech companies account for about 68 percent of that, rather than newspapers.
  • There was huge growth of audio consumption while in the car. Not necessarily via AM/FM radio, but through mobile devices. As many as 38 percent of Americans now listen to audio on digital devices each week — a number expected to double by 2015.
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