DigitalNewsAlerts are released approximately once every month and provide information about new features, data visualizations, analyses and longitudinal trends. They also feature a short video interview with one of our researchers.
Legal efforts worldwide to compel technology platforms that host news content to pay publishers are in full force, leading to legislation being proposed or adopted in Australia and the EU as evidenced by recent initiatives.
Recently, digital news media have increasingly relied on social media platforms for audience engagement and content distribution. Although these platforms have helped increase global news consumption, they also make it more challenging for traditional outlets to negotiate fair rates with advertisers.
Many publishers have altered their business models to adapt to social media users. BuzzFeed experienced significant success leveraging virality on social media as a source of traffic and readership growth.
Many popular online publications feature sections dedicated to social media news and updates, featuring articles and blogs about recent platform changes, features additions, influencer trends that could impact digital news media, as well as podcasts dedicated to these updates – an effective way of staying up-to-date on all of them and learning how to utilize these new features.
Threaded discussions are used in online message boards, blogs, email listservs and news websites where comments can be posted to organize responses to a particular topic. A thread consists of posts with similar subject lines grouped together chronologically for easy viewing.
Threaded discussions provide many advantages, including keeping participants organized and on track while reducing distractions. Furthermore, it allows participants to track new responses easily on any communication platform or forum that facilitates such dialogues. Finally, these threaded discussions can foster student peer relationships and social networking but their reliance on text-based communications may obscure participants’ abilities to convey nuanced emotions or nonverbal cues and can become time consuming processes.
News organizations are beginning to use video as an effective new way of engaging their audiences, yet many remain wary of the significant investment required, challenges associated with scaling video up, and potential commercial returns that may arise from such efforts.
Portals like YouTube and Vimeo serve as platforms where citizens post unfiltered, uncurated videos documenting news events. Publishers have begun taking advantage of technology solutions like Wochit to assemble footage semi-automatically and deliver it directly onto social feeds.
AJ+, NowThis and Fanpage, two successful Italian digital-born news organizations, use software of this sort to manage the daily production of social media videos for use online. Their videos tend to be short with subtitles for easier understanding without sound and often focused on soft news that appeal emotionally.
Smart speakers and AI-driven text-to-speech technology have brought audio back into mainstream society, including Dublin-based Noa, which narrates articles from multiple publishers into playlists for easy consumption.
Clubhouse and Spotify Greenroom also provide live-streamed news content, often complete with automatically transcribed captions. This provides newsrooms an inexpensive way to test audio without making significant investments, while being well suited to social media.
Apps such as El Mundo al dia’s daily podcast ‘Un tema al dia’ and ‘Quien dice que?’ allow journalists to forge more intimate relationships with their audiences by speaking directly into microphone when providing news updates. This approach provides journalists with a way to establish personal ties to their readers while still reporting breaking stories effectively.
Mobile news updates allow users to gain real-time, up-to-the-minute information on breaking events. Many eyewitnesses post pictures and videos via social media to give real-time reports from wherever they may be in real time. Mobile updates have revolutionized how we consume breaking news; keeping people informed from anywhere at any time.
These updates have also spurred social activism, inspiring individuals to mobilize in response to current events and take appropriate actions. Furthermore, these updates offer access to diverse perspectives of world events which promotes a comprehensive understanding of breaking news stories.
Digital News outlets utilize apps, newsletters and podcasts to reach their audiences. Additionally they make use of TikTok social media platform as well as Apple News and Flipboard aggregation services to reach a diverse set of users and offer them a great user experience. This variety offers users a fulfilling user journey and expands reach significantly.