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Unformatted text preview: o news to fit their own needs and schedule. News creation, commentary and dissemination is now participatory Some 37% of internet users have actively contributed to the creation, commentary, or dissemination of news. We arrived at that figure by adding up the number of internet users who said they did any of the following activities: l 25% of internet users have commented on an online news story or blog item about news that they read l 17% of internet users have posted links and thoughts about news on a social networking site like Facebook. That translates into 30% of social network site users. l 11% of internet users have tagged or categorized content online l 9% of internet users have contributed their own article, opinion piece, picture, or video to an online news site l 3% of internet users have used Twitter to post or re -Tweet a link to a news story or blog. That amounts to 18% of Twitter users. News participators are information omnivores and technophiles. They stand out from the pack in the same way as those who have set up their cell phones to be “on alert. ” In fact, among news participators, 19% have news alerts sent to their cell phones. News participators are fond of social media: 76% of news participators use social networking sites; 34% of news participators use Twitter, and 26% of news participators are bloggers. The average participator uses 4 -6 media platforms on a typical day; seeks out nine or more news topics online; and surfs 3 -5 different kinds of news websites on a typical day. Pew Internet & American Life Project Understanding the Participatory News Consumer | 61 The typical online news participator is white, 36 years -old, politically moderate and Independent, employed full -time with a college degree and an annual income of sites; 34% of news participators use Twitter, and 26% of news participators are bloggers. The average participator uses 4 -6 media platforms on a typical day; seeks out nine or more news topics online; and surfs 3 -5 different kinds of news websites on a typical day. T...
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