Social media is becoming one of the main sources of news online. With more than 2.4 billion internet users, nearly 64.5 percent of them knew about a breaking news alert through social media as opposed to traditional media. With 2.4 billion potential sharers of this breaking news, there is a big possibility that the breaking news appeared on your feeds too.
New social media companies are not the only one that contributed to this drastic change. Established companies that produce newspapers also developed their own websites and promoted them online. With the global nature of the web people now have access to the latest news from any country. Social media sites have dominated the internet over the last 10 years, and there is no proof that it will stop in the near future. More likely, social media will develop even more effective ways to delivering the news to people.
“From wire services to global media, emergent social channels are changing the face of journalism. Take a look at the recent history in the news industry and track the development of social media’s rise as powerful platform for journalism.” (masscommunication.jou.ufl.edu)