The ever-growing digital native news world now boasts about 5,000 digital news sector jobs, according to our recent calculations, 3,000 of which are at 30 big digital-only news outlets.

As journalists gather for #ONA14, here are 5 questions and answers about social media and the news.

Internet adoption in India is up — about 3/4 of the population own cell phones, and the country recently surpassed 100 million active Facebook users. Online news consumption is also increasing.

A growing number of news companies are making plays for India’s growing digital market, with The Huffington Post being the latest entrant.

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A new Pew Research Center analysis of media coverage of the event and subsequent protests finds that the story emerged on Twitter before cable, but the trajectory of attention quickly rose in tandem, peaking on both mediums the day after two journalists were arrested and protests turned more violent.

Also of note:

  • MSNBC devoted far more time to the story than its top competitors Fox News and CNN
  • The Twitter conversation about Ferguson popped much more quickly than the conversation about Trayvon Martin

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The same % of the public is following Ferguson as the news of Robin Williams’ death.
(From a new report on reactions to Ferguson police shooting)

The same % of the public is following Ferguson as the news of Robin Williams’ death.

(From a new report on reactions to Ferguson police shooting)

In light of the Ferguson happenings, here’s a look at how news breaks and conversations spread on Twitter.
More — 8 key takeaways about social media and the news. Half of Facebook and Twitter users get news on those sites as do 62% of reddit users. 

In light of the Ferguson happenings, here’s a look at how news breaks and conversations spread on Twitter.

More — 8 key takeaways about social media and the news. Half of Facebook and Twitter users get news on those sites as do 62% of reddit users. 

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of U.S. newspapers had at least one woman in their top three editing positions in 2013, according to the new annual census from the American Society of News Editors (ASNE).
The overall count of full-time daily newspaper staffers dropped to about 36,700 from about 38,000 last year — down about 3%.
More in a new Fact Tank post.

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of U.S. newspapers had at least one woman in their top three editing positions in 2013, according to the new annual census from the American Society of News Editors (ASNE).

The overall count of full-time daily newspaper staffers dropped to about 36,700 from about 38,000 last year — down about 3%.

More in a new Fact Tank post.

washingtonpost:

The Curiosity rover on Mars, taking a selfie.

Watch: President Obama’s First-Ever Tumblr Q&A

whitehouse:

whitehouse:

President Obama is answering your questions on education and college affordability in his first-ever Tumblr Q&A today.

Tune in right here at 4 p.m. ET, and make sure to follow us @whitehouse.

Happening now. Watch → http://whitehouse.tumblr.com/

Via Mashable — Facebook launches a newswire.

Key notes on Facebook + the news:

  • 30% of U.S. adults get news from Facebook
  • News is common on Facebook, but incidental. 78% of Facebook news users mostly see news when on Facebook for other reasons.
  • Just 34% of Facebook news consumers “like” a news organization or individual journalist, which suggests that the news they see there is coming from friends – the same friends likely sending them posts about …everything else.

More here and here.

Coolest Pew Research graphic ever?
(Social media news use crossover: http://pewrsr.ch/1arRr63)

Coolest Pew Research graphic ever?

(Social media news use crossover: http://pewrsr.ch/1arRr63)

Which social network do you turn to most often for news?
(Brand new report from our friends at the Journalism Project breaks down news use across various social networking platforms http://pewrsr.ch/1arRr63)

Which social network do you turn to most often for news?

(Brand new report from our friends at the Journalism Project breaks down news use across various social networking platforms http://pewrsr.ch/1arRr63)

pewresearch:

Even at a time of fragmenting media use, television remains the dominant way that Americans get news at home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Nielsen data. And while the largest audiences tune into local and network broadcast news, it is national cable news that commands the most attention from its viewers.

pewresearch:

Even at a time of fragmenting media use, television remains the dominant way that Americans get news at home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Nielsen data. And while the largest audiences tune into local and network broadcast news, it is national cable news that commands the most attention from its viewers.

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pewresearch:

Microsoft has announced plans to buy the Nokia Phones Division, unifying its hardware and software production. Meanwhile, Apple is set to release its latest batch of iPhones next week, but this time in color.  Add in Android’s ongoing challenge to Apple and Blackberry’s recent bid for more smartphone relevance, and the market is brimming with options.

All of this could add to consumer choice, as buyers are snapping up smartphones at a rapid pace. A majority of Americans (56%) now own a smartphone, up from 35% the first time we asked in May 2011.  Cell phones in general are now almost ubiquitous – 91% of adults own a cell phone according to our latest survey.

New analysis out today from our friends over at People Press shows that young adults were as likely to follow news regarding the Boston bombing online as on TV. Specifically:

  • Overall, 63% say they followed news about the Boston attack very closely, the highest level of interest for any story since the 2008 financial crisis.
  • A majority of young people (56%) say they kept up with news and information about the bombings on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. 
  • Overall, 26% say they have been keeping up with news and information about the bombing at the Boston Marathon through social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. 
  • 80% of Americans followed the story on TV. About half (49%) say they kept up with news and information online or on a mobile device, and 38% followed the story on the radio.
  • Only 29% say they kept up with the story in newspapers.

Full analysis: http://www.people-press.org/2013/04/23/most-expect-occasional-acts-of-terrorism-in-the-future/