Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s Digital News Report 2016. I was particularly struck by a handful of items while reviewing the document, including the following:
- Half of those surveyed use social media to obtain news and around
one in ten (12 percent) say it is their main source
- People overwhelmingly turn to Facebook to find, read/watch, and share news
Reuters came to these conclusions having surveyed consumers from several countries during a five-year period. So, these findings aren’t isolated to one year and they display a consistent pattern. What I found most striking about the Reuters report is it describes my current media consumption.
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Typically, I do most of my leisure reading at the end of the day in bed and magazines are well suited for that because they are light and compact. For years, I’d read the two magazines before turning off my bedside lamp and visiting dreamland. There was a point where I couldn’t imagine not being a subscriber.
Well, that changed when I bought my first smart phone two years ago. (I’m sure a lot of people have said that.)
Now, I use Facebook as my main news aggregator when I'm on my phone. I “like” the pages of various publications and the articles and videos the outlets post appear in my news feed. Rather than turn to magazines before sleep, I now scroll through the Facebook application and read stories and watch short films. Like a magazine, my phone is light and portable. Unlikely a magazine, however, my phone has the Internet and applications and that gives me access to an infinite amount of content. Score "one" for magazines; score "two" for phones.
I let my subscriptions to Time and EW run out about a year and half ago when unread copies began to pile up. Both periodicals have sent me “we want you back!” pleas in the mail, but I have no plans to renew. As with anything else you no longer use (clothing, electronics, toys), at some point you have to part ways – there’s little point to holding onto an item if it’s a waste of space and/or money.
Detroit Jewish News. I want to know what's happening in the Jewish community in
Southeast Michigan, but my interest goes beyond that. I freelance for the paper and serve on its advisory board, so I want to help ensure the publication survives. Admittedly, I don't have the same vested interest in Time and EW – I'd still subscribe if I did.
Again, I ask: is print media dying? I hope not, but I know I'm contributing to its diminishment. While I love my laptop and smartphone and all that the Internet and social media has to offer, I do still enjoy leafing through the pages of a newspapers and magazines – just not in bed, it seems.