Why Facebook is Public Enemy Number One for Newspapers and Journalism

Facebook has emerged as newspapers’ public enemy number one. Hardly a day passes in which there is no negative article about the social media website that is luring away “our” readers and advertisers.

In the past couple of weeks, there has been something of an overload of criticism on a range of topics.

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4 thoughts on “Why Facebook is Public Enemy Number One for Newspapers and Journalism

  • September 20, 2016 at 9:31 am
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    Yet another “quit picking on journalism” op-ed without a solution.
    The industry can gripe all it wants about Facebook or whatever else is the latest threat, but without any real ideas to solve problems, it’s just whining.
    All I hear from this industry is complaining, but no one wants to be a disrupter. Everyone wants to preserve the way things were done in the glory days.

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    • September 20, 2016 at 9:42 am
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      I could not agree with your more!!!

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  • September 20, 2016 at 10:27 am
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    At their foundation, these arguments against Facebook appear cogent. But there is a fundamental problem: no one in here addresses the newspaper usage to which Facebook has been put. Our organization realizes significant web traffic from our Facebook presence. As a local newspaper, rather than a larger regional one, we have evidence that this relationship has not shifted reader clicks from our home site to Facebook, but rather that is adding increased web traffic directly to our site.
    And, of course, there is the immediacy issue. We have used live Facebook feeds that have been wildly successful in drawing visitors to live events, most of whom “stay and play” on our website.
    The number of our Facebook shares has introduced the Watertown Daily Times to people who perhaps would otherwise have never found us. And it has introduced to us news sources that have been helpful to our newsgathering.
    It seems a bit disingenuous to me to utilize Facebook tools to the fullest on the one hand, while simultaneously fashioning it as the “end of all time” machine for journalism.
    The trick is, continue to find ways to diminish its negative influence while continuing to utilize its better facets. I propose that the first step is to do better journalism by fully understanding your audience. That knowledge can lead to a better understanding of how to use, and combat, platforms like Facebook.
    News is still news, and we provide the only platform that operates on ethical rules and has wide experience in reporting. If all that Facebook’s wicked algorithm can pick up is smarm and salacious tripe, that’s what people will get fed. Feed them something better.

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  • September 22, 2016 at 12:41 am
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    Your kidding me Right? Journalism? Where is there a newspaper in this country that Print the “NEWS”? Newspapers today report on what This Criminal Government TELLS THEM what they can write about. There’s nothing there one could call Journalism . You want Journalism read ” The Guardian ” No “Journalist” in Amerika goes out on the hunt to dig deep and find the REAL News. They are TOLD what to Print. But moreso, they are Told what to NOT PRINT. Amerikan Newspapers need to hire EX-NSA contractors like Snowden and then PRINT what the Journalist bring back. Todays Newspapers Journalists are a Carbon copy of *Winston Smith* who was the Main character in George Orwells 1984 and worked as a clerk in the Records Department of the *Ministry of Truth,* where his job is to >rewrite historical documents so they match the constantly changing current party line. < This involves revising newspaper articles and doctoring photographs—mostly to remove "unpersons," people who have fallen foul of the party. ( Can you say The Bush's?)
    ……. For any newspaper in the US today, to complain about any other source of Social Media is just laughable. ….. Which is a worse form … ( cough… cough)… of Journalism? Telling a Lie . . ( Facebook…)… or just NOT printing the Whole Truth.? Or putting a political Spin on either?
    All News formats today… and just "INK PUPPETS". But then, we all KNOW That…… Right?…… (◡︵◡,) . . . (sigh)

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