Date

3-2017

Degree Name

BS in Journalism

Department

Journalism Department

Advisor(s)

Dan Eller

Abstract

This study presents information regarding the effects social media has had thus far on the consumption and understanding of news and current events in today’s society. It analyzes how social media has altered traditional news media and what literature predictions are for the future of the journalism profession. This study also presents information regarding how social media has affected public relations and the formation of relationships with stakeholders and publics. It analyzes what literature states on the subjects and takes a closer look at how technology has impacted journalism and public relations curriculum as well. Journalists are facing challenges because social media has made it possible for every user to access the news they want to see online, as well as post and share content. News consumers also face challenges because news they choose to access is primarily on Facebook, where there is no fact-checking function. There- fore, fact-checking and misinformation are also addressed in detail, as well as how much the public trusts the accuracy of news today.

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