By Tristan Miller-Lammert, Trending Writer
News has never been more important. There is so much going on today that staying informed is a must. Luckily, this is not that hard to do in 2017.
The internet has drastically changed the way people get and process information, especially news. It has made it more accessible, abundant, and diverse.
On top of that, there is so much out there that whether you use Reddit, Twitter, Facebook or well-known newspapers like The New York Times, you can find your niche and favorite sources. In general, the news experience of today is more informative and accessible than ever.
The number of outlets and ways to access them is what is so positive about news today. According to Pew Research Center, in 2016 people mainly got their news from TV, the internet, radio, or print newspapers. This means that news has mediums tailored for every age group. Older generations tend towards TV and print while Millennials use the internet.
Roughly half of individuals between the ages of 18 and 29 use the internet for their news and 72 percent of this same demographic use their phones for news.
This is great because this increases accessibility and therefore keeps people more informed. One can customize the news feed on his or her phone to include a diverse selection of outlets. According to The Huffington Post, “any good media diet is diverse”.
With the touch of a button one has access to a world of information. Not only that, individuals can also immediately fact-check everything read on the internet. This means that most millennials are informed on a variety of issues from a variety of sources.
In addition to this ease of access, people also spend more time reading news than before. More from Pew Research Center shows that people spend twice as much on articles around 1,000 words long than they do on shorter ones.
While there are a lot of interesting subjects in the news this year, only 16 percent of Americans actually want to read news. 22 percent do not actually trust local and online sources. This is a problem, but it seems to only represent a small portion of the population. Hopefully, most will take advantage of their access to information and enjoy news at its best.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 21st print edition.
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