Social media is a ‘turbo-charger’ for news

Despite plans to go behind a paywall early next year, the New York Times will still give away content for free via social media sites. Why? Because social media is a “turbo-charger” for news, says the NYT’s vice president of digital, Martin Nisenholtz.

He said social media had added “millions of new users” to the NYT’s website, something that has come as a welcome shock.

“The thing that surprises me most is the sheer power of social media in spreading the news,” he said.

(Source: Wall Blog)

This article appears in issue 260 of Media Digest.

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