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.