Social media goes down, news readership goes up

On Aug. 3, Facebook went down for 45 minutes. This didn’t lead people to simply put down their phones or walk away from their computers. Instead, they went to news websites. Josh Schwartz, writing for Nieman Lab, points to this occurrence being indicative of changes in traffic trends. “[W]e’ve seen a major reversal…

Looking into media’s use of Facebook Groups

The Nieman Journalism Lab, funded by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, studies all things journalism. Nieman Lab reporter Christine Schmidt recently took a look at how news organizations are utilizing Facebook Groups are “nurturing communities around a common thread, an event, or a locality, or gathering subscribers/fans in…