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Reality Bytes: Why new media is the message

Last week's tragic events in the United States provided an insight into the new reality of news consumption, writes Dick O'Brien.

20th April, 2013
Audiences are turning to social media because immediacy is a priority.

Last week's tragic events in the United States provided an insight into the new reality of news consumption. News broke of the bombings at the Boston Marathon in the evening Irish time.

As often happens when something significant happens in another country, you turn to the websites of its leading newspapers, which in this case were outlets such as the Boston Globe and the New York Times. Details were still sketchy, with each site carrying...

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