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September 29, 2014
Sally Falkow How Social Media is Affecting the News
By Sally Falkow
A new report from Pew shows that while the news industry has lost more than a third of its newsroom jobs in traditional media, there are now more than 5000 jobs in digital news. 3,000 of these positions are at 30 big digital-only news outlets. The report covers five aspects of the relationship between social and news:

Social Media as a Pathway to News.

Facebook is the clear winner here. Roughly two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults use Facebook and half of those users get news there — amounting to 30% of the general population. So much for the idea of abandoning Facebook due to low organic reach. If you are a publisher ( news or blog), or you want traffic to your newsroom, Facebook is still your best bet. You may have to figure out ways to increase your reach or pay for news feed ads, but your audience is there. [...]

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According to the company's CFO, group chat is one of the functions high up on their future innovation list. Speaking at the Citi Global Technology Conference in New York, Twitter's Anthony Noto hinted that the company is looking into direct messaging between multiple users – clearly Twitter's foray into group chat. As of now, users can only direct message one other user at a time.

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Bots are making their presence felt on social media. But can you tell a bot from a real person? Anyone who's been playing the social media game for a while should know that not all of their followers bleed when they are cut. In fact, many [...] Facebook posted its financial report on July 23 for the second quarter of its 2014 financial year.

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