It is incredibly important to stay up-to-date with the latest news and believe it or not, social media is a great way to do so. Following news sources and journalists on social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, is a great way to have a healthy “news diet.”
A healthy news diet is important because getting information from just one news source can lead to getting biased information, or perhaps, wrong information. By following a multitude of organizations, a news consumer will receive many different types of stories as well as different versions of each story.
It is also important to follow journalists from different networks as well. A web editor and news consumer should follow journalists from local news as well as bigger news organizations, so they are informed with not only their local community, but the world as well.
By following news networks on social media, you can get your news as soon as it is posted. As a web editor, it is important to read as much as you can, so you can maybe find another way to tell the story.
Consumers do not want to read the same thing over and over again. They look for different, or perhaps, more interesting news sites to follow. The beauty of online, is that photos, videos, gifs and more, can be posted along with the story, which makes it interactive for the reader.
Web editors can easily see what other websites are doing on social media, which will improve their news diet.