Call it what you like old media, broadcast outlets, the Beltway press, mainstream media, or my current favorite…corporate media.
Whatever ways you choose to get your news remember, some of your favorite social media platforms can often supply you with more in-depth news coverage than you ever thought possible!
This is Only a Test
Try this…next time news breaks, there’s a huge weather event, or a national story unfolds don’t reach for the TV remote…go to your PC or smartphone and open your favorite social media app. You’ll be surprised at the different reports, varied opinions and expanded coverage you’ll see.
Don’t settle for the same old boring news coverage and talking points that come from network television and cable news channels. Check out the conversations that are taking place online! Doing this will help you generate new opinions or conclusions about a particular story or event.
But remember, be a shrewd consumer of news and information. Search for your own answers, don’t just take what you see on-line and run with it–that’s how rumors get started.
Fill your News Feeds with Real News
Here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your social media news gathering experience.
First, know this. Not all social media outlets are best for obtaining news and information. You wouldn’t want to (let’s say), go to Pinterest for breaking news. You may get more of what you’re searching for from Twitter or Google+.
Here’s a tip! An easy way to find things quickly is by using hashtags. Hashtags are an easy way to cull through the noise on Twitter, Google and Facebook. Here’s how to do it: locate the search bar at the top of the platform of your choice and type (for example; #iphone6, #joanrivers or #ukraine) and revel as your feed fills up with the latest up-to-the-minute information.
Here’s more! Locate the people and topics that interest you and “friend” or “follow” them so you can monitor their posts. For instance, why not follow your favorite member of congress or the police department in your area? Believe it or not, most politicians, local entities and organizations have a strong social media presence and they update their accounts on a regular basis.
Last tip…place these people you’ve just followed in “groups” or “lists” so you can quickly see their updates in one neat and cozy information stream.
Independent Media Rules
It is no secret that real reporting and investigative journalism at the mainstream level are almost extinct. Network news departments and entertainment divisions have seemed to merge–virtually overnight! Production budgets, that used to send reporters and news gathering crews to where news was happening, have all but dried up. These days, advertisers appear to have more influence over the content you see and hear than the actual station managers or news directors. Networks usually end up playing it safe and delivering watered down versions of the news.
New Media, No Rules, Fresh Faces
Believe it or not, some of your favorite TV personalities and broadcasters have made the switch to digital properties. Katie Couric has a show on Yahoo Screen and Larry King has reappeared on YouTube. There are literally dozens of news and opinion programs that can be found on the internet, many speak truth-to-power and are doing their best to inform and enlighten the public well beyond what corporate teleprompter jockeys can provide.
Remember the key is to learn more, share valuable content and most of all…have fun!
If you want more suggestions on people and programs to friend or follow, just leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you with our list of some of the best the internet has to offer.