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Students of Higher Education & the Challenge of the Online News Cycle


March 21, 2019 | 1 min read |

Matthew Sherlock, Ex Libris

We live in a world with a 24-hour news cycle. On any given day, I receive five to ten “breaking news” alerts on my phone. What starts off as a brief paragraph about the news article will be updated with additional information, and by the end of the day the scope of the story may have changed completely from the original source.

In a recent report for Ofcom, “Scrolling News: The Changing Face of Online News Consumption,” Ofcom looked at how we are dealing with the proliferation of news media and found that for most respondents “online news was synonymous with news on their smartphone,” with approximately 75% of the sample accessing online news primarily via smartphone.