Replacing the Old News Channels with Social Media

By Parker Cantu

Many people have decided that paying for TV isn’t necessary and in a lot of cases simply not worth it. 1 in 5 people have decided to go without cable, including myself. I never use it and when I do, I could more than likely be watching the same thing on a streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu and save myself a lot of money.

So what about news then? Where do you get it? Well, social media has got you covered whether you have TV or not, and there are plenty of options.

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Most news stations nowadays have at least a Facebook page, if not also a twitter page. For example, the Dallas Morning News posts on their Facebook page just about all day. Reddit has subreddits for world news, country news, and most major cities that include news articles, and you can actually combine multiple subreddits into one, called multireddits, to create one place for you to go through the posts from all of the subreddits you want.

Okay, but why use the internet for your news when you can just watch the news? Good question, and there are some good reasons.

You don’t have to “catch” the internet.

The internet will always be there waiting for you. You don’t have to get up early to get your daily morning news and glue yourself to the couch for thirty minutes to an hour when it’s all available out there on the internet.

You can get multiple sources at once.

Let’s face it: all sources of media have a bias one way or another. That doesn’t mean they’re not good sources, but it’s nice to have multiple viewpoints on a topic. Just in case.

Getting more information is easy.

If you’re using social media to get your news, then you’re already using a computer or a smartphone (or maybe even a smart TV). These are obviously all connected to the internet and make fact checking and follow-up research super easy and quick to do.

So there you have it. Go like your local news station on Facebook.

Photo Credit:

http://tvrev.com/facebook-live-gives-way-facebook-originals/#.WMYbJDvyuUk

Sources:

http://fortune.com/2016/04/05/household-cable-cord-cutters/

https://www.facebook.com/dallasmorningnews/

http://mashable.com/2013/07/24/multireddits/#WkMnyStRSaqT

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UNT Eagle Strategies

Class members of the social media class in the Mayborn School of Journalism