How Does Social Media Affect The Way Journalists Gather Information?

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Journalism in the ways that it is produced, distributed, and used has changed within the last two decades. With the emergence of new tools and practices, journalists are experiencing a change that bring news ways to produce news stories and a redefines professional journalism. Readership in print journalism has significantly went down with the rise of Internet, bringing many questions: How does social media affect a newsroom? How does social media affect the way journalists gather information? And what does it mean for the future of journalism and news-making? How information is collected, distributed, searched and consumed on the Internet has created huge ripple effects that it impacts not just businesses and journalism, but crosses into politics, medicine, and media. Ultimately, it affects the average person’s day-to-day lives. Platforms such as Twitter or Facebook provide an audience to anyone that is interested. With a click of a button, users can “subscribe” to a person and receive real-time notifications when the person makes a new post. User-generated content (UGC) allows for more voices to be heard, more diverse perspectives on the same news stories, and more people are engaged actively in the world by taking photos or making videos of something they think are important. Journalists in this digital environment can find new information, contacts and find more stories that are available. In a newsroom, traditional journalism defines fact as information and quotes from

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