This has been the year of news. Or should I say fake news? It’s hard to separate the fake from the truth. If you’ve had children, I do believe you can separate fake news from sourced and vetted news–you can hear it in the tone and read the eyes.
Fake or not, news is changing. As you can see in this chart, there is a generational divide in where consumers get their news. Print has taken the largest hit, and the future readership looks a bit bleak.
The chart is from a study done by Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. It has some other interesting findings on our news consumption. Here are some highlights:
- 29% of people avoid news completely, saying it negatively impacts their mood
- Nearly 40% of people trust news media
- However, 53% trust the media they use
- Half of Amazon Echo users use the device to source news
- 46% of smartphone users read news in bed; 32% read news in the bathroom; 42% in public transit
- 16% pay for online news
The news world is shifting. I hope democracy can survive. Democracy needs a free and independent press. It is part of the First Amendment–a good reminder to us all as we contemplate what news is true and what news is fake. And what is news anyway?
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.