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Posts Tagged ‘studies’

The Hottest Social Network These Days? Not Facebook — But It’s Owned By Them

Facebook remains the undisputed king of social networks. If you’re sharing your stories or looking for sources, your time is well spent there.

But if you want to keep up and catch up with your audience, you can’t be only there, especially as the web moves to an ever more-visually driven medium. (And no, “But I’m on Twitter, too” isn’t enough these days.)

A study out this month finds that the clear winner in growth is another Facebook-acquired property is gaining on its photo-sharing corporate cousin: Instagram. According to research firm GlobalWebIndex, whose quarterly social summary (for Q4 2013) released this month pegs Instagram as the fastest growing — by a long shot — social network.

According to their survey, Instagram grew a whopping 23% in active usage in the fourth quarter of 2013. That same period saw a 3% decrease in Facebook’s usage, as well as in YouTube. To be fair, Facebook is still the most trafficked network, and with far more users already signed on it has less room to grow, but other budding social networks are gaining on it. Read more

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Knight Foundation Report Looks at Sustainability of Non Profit News

findingfootholdOne of the Knight Foundation’s latest reports is “Finding a Foothold,” looking at 18 non-profit news organizations and how they remain sustainable. Some key takeaways from the report show that, luckily, there’s not just one way to survive; both small and larger organizations are experimenting with various strategies and the majority of non-profit news organizations broke even this year.

This study was a follow up to a 2011 report called “Getting Local,” in which they noted that many non-profit startups had yet to find a working business model. Mayur Patel, VP for Strategy and Assessment, told me over the phone that that hasn’t really changed. And that’s OK:

We’ve seen people experiment with  various approaches, but there isnt a clear cut way about how to do this in the long run. We have seen some really interesting progress — a lot of the non profits we looked at in the first study moved much further along reducing their reliance on foundation funding and we see two emerging pathways how people are doing this. On the one side you’re starting to see a lot of local and state based news ventures move away from a reliance on foundation funding and branching out by securing corporate sponsorships. On the other, you have the national investigative news organizations that publish less frequently reduce their reliance on foundation funding by ramping up their individual donor base.

Some other key trends Patel noted: Read more

How Users Find, Share and React to News on Facebook

pewfbook2The Pew Research Center has released a study, in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, on how Facebook users interact with news on the platform.

The study found that while the majority of users still flock to the social media site to check up on family and stalk photos of their high school classmates weddings, this inevitably leads to news sharing. However, 16% of users reported being bothered when contacts post the news, even more bothersome are political agenda comments.  Read more

5 Stats on Who Makes “The Twitter Narrative” (and/or Who’s On and Uses Twitter)

It’s increasingly rare (at least from a digitally entrenched perspective) to imagine a journalist watching a presidential debate without simultaneously watching his or her tweets. This is certainly fine, and in many cases, helpful. But with CJR’s recent piece on “pack journalism” and in light of some recent studies on Twitter makeup and preferences, I figured it’d be good to review a handful of the findings together and what they may mean for journalists.

The larger aim is that a thorough understanding of the Twitter community – placed at least in the back of one’s head – could help one from being heavily influenced by that scary hive-mind (if it’s true), and regardless, put into perspective the general sentiments that may soak in when one repeatedly scans TweetDeck.

Understanding the community in any medium you regularly use, not just Twitter, is a good practice. There is always a filter bubble wherever we engage online—we tend to regularly admit that, and some of us take steps to pop it by whom we follow and what we search for. The recent findings I’ve compiled about Twitter, however, seem of a particular importance, for they shed some light on what may be a wider filter bubble (“filter fish tank”?) of what is increasingly many journalists’ anchor.

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AP: More Than Half of Countries with FOI Laws Don’t Follow Them

A new study led by the Associated Press shows that more than 50 percent of countries with freedom of information (FOI) laws do not follow them.

In January, the AP sent out “questions regarding terrorism arrests and convictions to the European Union and the 105 countries with right-to-know laws or constitutional provisions.” Only 14 of the 105 countries included answered the questions in full and within the legal deadline. Read more