Most students get breaking news first from Twitter

Edson C. Tandoc, Erika Johnson

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This study examines news consumption patterns of college students by asking where respondents get breaking news and where this source leads them next. The findings, based on an online survey, show the majority gets breaking news from Twitter first, but Twitter also leads users to get more information from websites of traditional news organizations, whose news reports students view as more credible than Twitter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-166
Number of pages14
JournalNewspaper Research Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016

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  • audience
  • Boston bombing
  • breaking news
  • media displacement
  • news
  • news consumption
  • niche theory
  • social media
  • Twitter


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