Do you watch television news and read hard copy newspapers to get information on the economy and policy issues? If so, you may be left behind in the digital revolution. Driven by technology, new financial investments and reporting talent, reporting on the economy and major public policy issues is now led by a new stable of digital news sites — Vice Media, The Huffington Post (and their online news video segment, HuffPost Live), BuzzFeed, Quartz,Global Post, ProPublica, Mashable, Vox Media, The Intercept and First Look Media.
Each year, the Pew Research Center releases an annual report on the state of the news and information. The State of the News Media 2014, by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project, focused on the growth in digital reporting, content sharing and digital video as well as assessing the latest trends in news reporting.
Pew finds that news is front and center in the explosion of social media and mobile devices. For example, half of Facebook users get their news on Facebook even though that is typically not what they intended when they created a Facebook profile. Researchers found that half of those who watch some kind of online video watch news videos.
If you are not reading the news on a digital site, Facebook or via news videos, you may be checking out the “New Media” initiatives that focus on explaining the real-world impacts of public policy through a combination of storytelling, excellent writing, data analysis and graphics that explain trends and engage readers about complex economic issues. Even traditional news organizations offer these new and expanded new media initiatives — The Washington Post with Wonkblog, The Switch, GovBeat and WorldViews, and The New York Times with Upshot, The Caucus and LENS. And, if that’s not enough, The Atlantic and Politicocombine news videos and reporting.
As social media and mobile technology development continue to build online news consumers, there is also consistent growth in consumers who share their own content, building on the adage of “everyone is the press” if they are carrying a smart phone.