Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

By: Caitlin Robertson

Newspapers? Online articles? Blogs? Facebook? Twitter? Where do you get your news? During his speech today Rodell Mollineau, President of American Bridge 21st Century, mentioned that he got his news about Hurricane Sandy from Twitter rather than a traditional news source.

Mollineau is not alone. 

Looking through my Twitter feed tonight I learned Manti Te’o’s girlfriend might have been a hoax, a Teen Mom star is expecting her second child, and the new American Horror Story episode is unpredictable.

As a pharmacy student I had never realized how social media is changing the way Americans are consuming their news. Now that I have, I realize the responsibility each of us has in being a news reporter (and reporting the correct news) to our friends.

The days of children hawking newspapers on the corner are over, as are the days of reading the newspaper early in the morning to learn the most recent events. Today, social media is breaking news faster than it ever has been before.

 

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