I was invited to present my research into the impact of social media on news habits in Canada at the Journalism Interactive conference at the University of Maryland.
Here are the slides and audio from the talk, titled Share, Like, Recommend: Decoding the Social Media News Consumer.
Abstract: Social media is becoming ever more ingrained in the experience of news consumers. Social networking sites are evolving from being more than spaces for personal exchanges, becoming one of the mediums for sharing and recommending the news as users appropriate computer-mediated technologies for their own purposes. While the dissemination of news through social interaction has always played a role in the diffusion of media, sharing is becoming central to the way many experience the news. Research into how networked publics are reframing the news and shaping news flows suggests people are using social media to complement, rather than replace, more traditional media sources.