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    Meagan Shaffer | Thursday, April 28, 2011 22 Comments

    Let’s get it on…line

    As a PR person, I am a rabid consumer of media. I subscribe to 12+ magazines and get giddy the days they arrive in my mailbox. My day always begins by flipping between Today, The Early Show and the local news stations. On my drive in to work, I listen the radio every day, flipping between local stations and NPR.

    But the biggest rock of crack in my pipe (to borrow a phrase from Kel Kelly) comes from the internet. I subscribe to dozens of newsletters from media sites and bloggers to have news delivered to my inbox, all fresh and ready for me when I get in to work. My Google RSS feed should have it’s own internet zip code. And Twitter….ah, Twitter. I follow every mass media outlet known to (wo)man, use TweetDeck to separate news sources by topic so at a glance I can consume dozens of pieces of information to stay on top of what is going on. My friends share tons of news via Facebook, and Facebook Connect enables me to communicate with them about the stories they read across the internet. What a wonderful world!

    My dependence on the internet to stay up-to-date becomes most apparent on those oh-so-busy days when I find myself with several out of office client meetings, on location for news segments and knee deep in pitching. If I go a day without checking Drudge Report, Huffington Post, Business Insider, CNN, Slate (and many more) – the next day, I am shocked to realize how much has happened without me even knowing it. I can’t imagine my life without internet news to stay informed.

    What about you? Is the internet your primary news source? What is your favorite media format?

  • Kristan

    I still love a good ole copy of Newsweek to keep me up with the world. If anything of newsworthy happens, you can usually find out on facebook that it happened. I take a browse of the local news online daily too!

  • http://twitter.com/RedHeadMeag Meagan Ellis

    Kristan, Newsweek is one of the magazines I subscribe to – in-depth writing like that cannot be beaten, especially from outlets like that.

  • Michelle

    The Internet is absolutely my primary news source. I love getting my WSJ alerts on breaking news.

  • http://twitter.com/RedHeadMeag Meagan Ellis

    Good stuff, Michelle!! And ditto! ;-)

  • Jenna Finn

    I find that most people, myself included, are too impatient to wait for news to come out in the newspapers when it can be easily found, with minute to minute updates, on multiple websites. The internet has become the primary news source out of convenience and impatience. Personally, I love checking the updates and receiving news tweets from CNN and HuffPost.

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