Social Media’s impact on journalism and news


Lucy Williams, Staff Writer

Social media has changed the way we perceive, digest, and live in our world.

Instagram, Tiktok, and Facebook all seem to be fun little apps, and everything we could ever ask for in a social media software, right? The technologies are an outlet for creativity, information, and communication like never before. The apps themselves can be used for great things, but they’re also a game-changer in the world of news and journalism.

Because of these social medias, important information can be accessed within a few simple clicks. We can, with the press of a button, view thousands of stories, publications, and topics. We are plugged in like never before. 

While these resources are endlessly helpful, there are also some scary aspects that follow in close pursuit. Anyone can share “news.” This is why fact-checking is so important.

Ohio University’s “Fake News, Misinformation, & Fact Checking” web page, states, “Fact-checking is important because misinformation can sway your opinion. In turn, your opinion can largely inform your actions. If you base your actions on false information, you can easily make the wrong decisions. These decisions can lead to unintended consequences.”

When browsing on your favorite apps, remember to think about what is and isn’t factual material. Scroll safely!