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Convergent Journalism: An Introduction, 2nd Edition by Vincent F. Filak

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Social Media

Sara Steffes Hansen

Introduction

Social media generates quite a buzz in journalism these days. The excitement centers on the ways in which it allows journalists to produce work and interact with society. In addition, social media gives readers a variety of new ways to consume the information that matters to them.

You likely use social media in your personal life, and perhaps even in professional settings like an internship or job. You are probably among the 73 percent of online adults using Facebook (among more than 1 billion global users) or 43 percent using multiple social sites, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. Platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest may also draw your attention ...

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