“News” in the modern era has shifted from news companies and agencies to more informal news media, such as blog posts. With websites, such as The Verge and Social Snack Bar, creating up to date articles about new product, tech announcements, and lifestyle content; they are quickly finding themselves competing in the same arena as news agencies.
Social media has become the main source of news online with more than 2.4 billion internet users, nearly 64.5% receive breaking news from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram instead of traditional media.
50% of Internet users surveyed said that they hear about the latest news via social media before ever hearing about it on a news station. Many internet users will see the breaking stories on their feed and go to the news sites to learn more. The survey found 57 percent increase in traffic to news sites referred from social media.