How do University of Memphis students get their messages?

Around election time, news plays a big role in many people’s lives. As a college student, watching current events on a TV channel or reading a newspaper may not be a viable way to absorb what is happening in the world. Pulling out a phone screen and scrolling through endless amounts of posts seems to be a more popular method.

Over time, traditional news media seems to be becoming increasingly obsolete. However, that doesn’t mean the news stops. There has been a shift from old-fashioned methods of gathering information to newer methods.

Social media has dominated the media industry in recent years.

Several platforms are popular for spreading information including Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and so on.

“More and more people are turning to social media and other forms of digital media to get their news, with Pew Research reporting that 8 in 10 Americans get their news through some sort of digital device,” explains Charlotte McKinley for PR Daily.

Some University of Memphis students seem to be on their toes with the stats from Pew Research.

University student Anna Funes says she checks the news about once a week and mostly uses Twitter.

Twitter is known for its trending and news features. Twitter users can also enable message notifications to be sent to their phones.

Miriam Grosmann, a UofM tennis player, catches up on news a few times a week depending on current events. She uses Instagram the most.

Jackson Gaither, a communications major, talks about his news intake.

“I would say I check the news maybe two days a week. I use social media — Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok to see what’s going on in the world,” he says.

Prince Williams, another student, explains: “I use Twitter and Instagram for a lot of my information. I try to check the news at least twice a week because of school and stay up to date.”

Even as students find ways to get news and keep themselves updated, the campus could improve resources to increase knowledge of current events.

According to Grosmann, the university could help make news more interesting and accessible by “making social media posts more interactive for the views to grab their attention.”

“The university could do more promotional material with the news. I haven’t actually seen the newspaper or visited the website. I just heard about it through word of mouth,” says Gaither.

“The university could give us access to famous newspapers like the New York Times. I also think adding local newspapers on campus can make the news more accessible,” suggests Williams.

Students can access several publications online via the campus library. Papers accessible to students include The Commercial Appeal and The Jackson Sun. For several years, students had access to The New York Times, but that subscription ended earlier this semester. Students can access various news resources from the library databases password page.

“While news organizations like Fox News or the Wall Street Journal may not be the first port of call for news or information, that doesn’t mean they don’t get news or information,” notes McKinley.

Regardless of the platform or paper, staying current with what’s happening is crucial for students.

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