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55% Of Journalists Worldwide Use Twitter, Facebook To Source News Stories [STUDY]

A new study has revealed the extent to which journalists from around the world are using social media both as a source of news, and to verify stories already being worked on.

In their Digital Journalism Study, Oriella surveyed 600 journalists and discovered that more than half (55 percent) used social channels such as Twitter and Facebook to find stories from known sources, and 43 percent verified existing stories using these tools.

26 percent of respondents said that they used social media to find stories from sources they did not know, and almost one in five (19 percent) verified work in progress from sources unknown to them.

The figures are even higher in the UK, with 75 percent of journalists using social media to research news from known sources.

52 percent of journalists said their employer’s titles had Facebook pages, while 46 percent had professional Twitter profiles.

Oriella’s findings have been documented in this infographic, which takes a closer look at digital journalism today.

(Sources: Oriella, Journalism.co.uk. Tablet image via Shutterstock.)

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