A study was conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) on the top news stories that are covered on blogs and social media sites. The study found differences in news coverage not only between social media sites and mainstream press but also between different social media sites too.
The study found that the stories that social media focused on did not generate much interest in mainstream press. In Twitter, only 5% of the top stories were on the top in the following week. In blogs, 13% of the top stories continued to be on the top on the next week. In mainstream press however, 50% of the stories continued to be among the top five stories in the following week. 99% of blog stories came from mainstream press like newspapers and TV. 80% of these links came from the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
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