Technology has brightened our lives and changed the way we consume news.
The 24-hour news cycle makes it easy to find outlets but also raises questions on news trustworthiness. In a recent Gallup Poll, when asked "how much trust do you have in mass media?, 32% of respondents said they had a great deal or fair amount of trust" which is an 8% drop since last year. While the poll concludes views may be skewed by the upcoming election and the news media reporting, Is this a temporary shift? A check back in a year or so should tell us more.
When addressing technology and how it relate to news, a look at Millennials and their news consumption may be surprising. This issue is addressed by a 2015 study called The Media Insight Project. Of Millennials surveyed, they report getting their news from social platforms such as Facebook, You Tube and Instagram. Regardless of the viability of the story or the source, news is instantly shared among social groups. A far cry from the good ole' paper boy, front door delivery.
The best news about news, is that the American public continues to seek it out and educate themselves on current events and public issues. Now let's see if the news cycle can continue to provide relevant content without becoming part of the story.