Social media: The key of accessibility to free news

‘Did you hear it? Your favourite soccer team has just signed a big star today. They have paid over $A 3,000,000 for him’asked my mum.’Of course I did, I read it on Facebook’ I replied. You have probably heard this often. People are using social media more and more to check the latest news instead of reading the hard copy of the daily news or visiting different online newspapers to get update with what is happening around the world. Social media gives us free access to news, but can we trust of everything we read on social media?

Today I woked up to this news on CNN:


Screenshot from my computer. Source: CNN Facebook.

My first thought was: ‘Oh no, how could she do this to her own daugther!?’ Then I thought about how easily accessible it was to read the news online. Everytime I read the news, I received it from social media. Sometimes I read the news online, but what about in hard copy?…I can not remember the last time I read the news in a newspaper. What about you? Where do you read the news from?

‘… 49% of U.S. adults reported seeing news on social media’ (PewResearchCentre 2016). 

49 percent of the U.S. population receive the news from social media, but it is only from pages they have liked? Do you only read news from pages you have liked?

‘Just 34% of Facebook news consumers “like” a news organization or individual journalist, which suggests that the news they see there is coming from friends’ (PewResearchCentre 2014)

Maybe this can explain how social media has increased the accessibility of free news? By people sharing and liking different news organisations on social media? I have received a lot of news on social media by people tagging me in different posts:

One of my friends tagged me on a post from CNN.
Tagged on news from CNN at Instagram
Tagged on news from CNN at Instagram

I find it much easier to read news online from social media, because it is free and easily accessible.

‘…two-thirds of them said they wouldn’t be willing to pay for any online content, regardless of quality’ (Digiday 2016).

My first thought is ‘free access to news, nice!’ However, sometimes I ask myself ‘Can I trust all the things people share of news on social media?’ Have you ever thought about this before?

‘Pew also found that the vast majority of people don’t trust what they read on social media. Just 4 percent of internet-using U.S. adults trust social media information “a lot”’ (Recode 2016).

Social media gives the opportunity for more people to receive access to the news online and free. People are sharing and liking different news organisations on social media. Maybe this is the reason today for more and more people, like students reading the news online? What do you think? Should access to the news be free? Can you always trust the news people are publishing and sharing on social media?


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Internet Media: What is the benefits?


Imagine it is Monday morning. You lie in your bed and wonder about what is new today? What has happened since yesterday? You are too tired to get up from your bed and get the newspaper outside your door. This may be a “problem” in 1980, but thanks to the internet and the media, it is so simple today in 2016 to just lie in your bed and pick up your smartphone instead. A great advantage for everyone who is struggling to get up in the morning, but what other advantages are there with the internet and the media?

News in internet vs newspaper

What do you prefer? Newspaper or online news? The blog of “Online journalism” list up 9 socio-technical advantages of online news:

‘Past studies in this field have shown that there are 9 socio-technical advantages that have determined the adoption and use of online news:

  • no costs
  • mult-itasking
  • more news choices
  • in-depth and background information
  • 24/7 updates
  • customization
  • ability to discuss the news with peers
  • the existence of different viewpoints
  • the opportunity to talk back to the media’

What do the students prefer?

For us students, the news online seems to be preferred. With all the studies and part-time job aside, we do not have a lot of time.

“I liked the online version because it was faster to navigate through different stories and it was more enjoyable to read because it was more flashy I guess”

“The online version is easier to navigate, faster and more eco-friendly! I will absolutely choose the e version over the print version. I also don’t like the way the paper on the print version makes my hands feel. It feels dirty. However, I will miss the smell of the paper because it smells really nice”

This statements are published at, where a teacher had asked her students if they prefer newspaper or online news. It seems like students prefer online news, as it is faster and easier to navigate.

Environment and globalisation

Some of us argue for newspaper. With a newspaper, you do not get the distraction of everything else. It is easier when you read the online news to just check your Facebook, buy clothes from online store etc. But what about the environment? The online news saves the environment for a lot of damage like pollution, but there are also other benefits. If something happens in Europe right now, we could with a simple click check the news and get updated. The internet media makes it easier to keep updated from what happens in the rest of the world 24/7. For those who read newspaper, you probably have to wait the next day for the news. The link below shows a video of the benefits with online news.

Imagine yourself again, you wake up Monday morning. With a smartphone, you have access to all news in the world. Are you for or against online news? Do you prefer to have access to the news 24/7 or just read the news in the morning with the breakfast table? Is online news one way of saving the environment and reduce the pollution of transporting newspapers around the country? What do you think?


– René R. Bracci