Do you use social media as a news outlet? Then you’re not alone, as a survey from the Pew Research Journalism Project gathered information that showed nearly half of American adults receive news from the Facebook feeds. Because of this, author Eric Newton encourages journalism educators to start implementing social media into their teaching.
In this article from PBS MediaShift, a closer look is taken at why social media should be implemented into introductory journalism courses. Each platform has idiosyncratic characteristics that affect how ideas and news are communicated. Understanding these characteristics is crucial for effective usage of these platforms. I definitely learned a thing or two from this article. Definitely check it out!