Stillwater News Press

Opinion

July 13, 2014

OUR VIEW: Getting the whole story

STILLWATER, Okla. — Social media has its niche in society. Many stay in touch with family and friends through Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites.

Many people are notified of important breaking news via their Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Friday, many people probably learned NBA star LeBron James was taking his game back to Cleveland through a tweet.

The News Press alerts its readers about breaking stories and stories of interest through its Twitter account (twitter.com/stwnewspress) or Facebook account (Facebook.com/stillwaternewspress). We use these social media as an extension of our news services. If news happens, we will break it immediately online and usually on Twitter, too. You might also be able to discuss the story online with other readers on our Facebook page.

A study published in November by the Pew Research Center shows roughly half the users on Facebook and Twitter receive news on their accounts.

Unless it comes from a credible news source, however, what is read on Twitter or Facebook may not always be accurate, fair or balanced, like a story authored by trained journalists. And social media users may not be receiving a complete picture of their community that is only available through a community newspaper and the journalists who live in the communities where they work. Those journalists know the background behind the story and give the content the depth that is unavailable in a one-sentence tweet or a paragraph of information on Facebook.

Community newspapers and their websites also feature many human interest stories, feature or news stories that may not earn a tweet or Facebook entry, but give residents a sense of what is happening in their community.

The news business is continually changing and evolving with new and more platforms in which to disseminate news and information. Social media now plays an important role in getting the news quickly. If your really want to stay on top of everything happening in the community when it happens, we recommend you get plugged in all platforms – and then read the full story online or in news print.

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