Digital News Delivery: Trump and Twitter

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by Johnny Kraft and Becky Shumar

President Donald Trump’s use of Twitter is changing the way Americans get their news. While it gives the American people a personal connection with their president, it has also brought a fair share of controversy and backlash for our new president.

Twitter allows Donald Trump to communicate directly with the people on his own terms rather than through traditional media, similar to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats in the 1930s. However, this has its pros and cons as Trump’s brutally honest, but unfiltered tweets can be seen as inappropriate and controversial.

President Trump is held to a different standard than almost anyone in the world as everything he says or does will be analyzed and judged by the public. That is why his unfiltered tweets can, not only lead to issues for him, but also the country he runs.

This trend has started to spread to other nation’s leaders as last week Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced on Twitter that he would not attend the meeting scheduled with President Trump on January 31.

So while Trump is changing the game with his use of twitter, it is his twitter game that may have to change if he wants to avoid more controversy as president of the United States of America.

Digital News Delivery: iPhone 7 aides in citizen journalism

by Kyle Cooke, Maria Dobbs–

Given today’s technology, it’s true that anyone can be a journalist. Whether it’s recording video, taking pictures, or sending out news on Facebook and Twitter, mobile devices and apps have enabled anyone with access to a smart phone to spread news. The new iPhone 7 is adding to this trend, specifically with its updated camera. The camera on the iPhone 7 is so high-end (it includes an incredible “portrait mode”) that professional photographers have been using it to shoot NFL games this season.

However, the way the iPhone 7 displays news to its users has also improved. Instead of having to open the separate news application, individuals can swipe right from their lock screen and the “Top Stories” of the day will show up. Even better, the news is curated to the owner of the phone.

Finally, the improved camera of the iPhone 7 is making live streaming more efficient and enjoyable. Many news organizations such as the ACC Network and even The Collegiate Times have been utilizing live streaming services like Periscope and Facebook Live from their mobile devices. With the iPhone 7’s improved camera, those streams are only getting clearer.


by Jenna Delaney, Delia Maresco–

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A new app has made its way into the top 10 of news apps in the Apple App Store. Bustle is a female oriented news and lifestyle app, written for women, by women. The app lets users choose from over 50 topics that they would like to show up on their personalized newsfeed. Users can choose from topics ranging from politics and women’s health, to home hacks and the Kardashians. The app has received some criticism for being geared only towards women, and not accommodating for men. However, this is also one of the app’s main selling points for it’s target audience. Bustle is taking the news world by storm and if you’re looking for something different, check it out in the App Store today.


by Chris Barnhardt, Sarah Turner–

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With the advent of the digital age, came the desire for easily accessible, mobile news.

theSkimm, a daily email newsletter, provides just that.

theSkimm arrives in subscribers’ mailboxes each morning and delivers a full summary of the latest news and information interspersed with fresh, editorial content.

The brainchild of two NBC News producers, theSkimm was created in order to save media consumers time, and to promote interest in staying up to date on newsworthy topics.

Despite common assumptions that the Millennial generation is out of touch with news and current events, recent research conducted by the Media Insight Project, found that 85 percent of millennials say that keeping up with the news is important to them.

In order to appeal to the millennial generation, 86 percent of which consume news through social media, theSkimm also regularly posts news and updates to their social media pages on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Since its 2012 launch, theSkimm has garnered over 1.5 million subscribers, proving that this method of digital news delivery is relevant and here to stay.



DIGITAL NEWS DELIVERY: Facebook evolves into a news source

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by Davis Gilbert, Cody Chapel–

The method in which we get our news is ever changing in this digital age of technology, and Facebook has evolved with the times in order to stay relevant.

Facebook offers “trending” news topics on every user’s homepage, a move that is similar to Twitter’s model and keeps users updated on the biggest and most popular news stories at that specific time. Trending topics on Facebook offer users the chance to read a headline and a very short synopsis before deciding if they want to click on it and read the entire article.

Facebook is available on the go via smartphone and tablets and is a popular site to browse when users find themselves with some down time, such as riding a bus or waiting for a meeting. In this day and age, offering news on the go is essential for news outlets if they want to stay relevant in the market.

DIGITAL NEWS DELIVERY: Snapchat ‘Discover’

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by Russell Griffin and Rachel Thompson–

This Digital Newscast Update discusses the popular mobile app Snapchat. more specifically, one of its newer features Discover.

Discover allows the user to connect and interact with different media outlets. Some examples include ESPN, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, Nat Geo and many more.

Discover is used as a platform by these media outlets to connect the user to specific articles, features, games and advertising located on their Discover page.

Rachel and Russell discuss their favorite news outlets and how to share articles with friends through Discover.

According to Snapchat’s website, more than 60 percent of Americans ranging from 13 to 34 years old are Snapchat users. Join them and discover what Snapchat has to offer you.