The pervasiveness of social media and the ability to have endless amounts of information at the touch of your fingertips may make all types of news accessible, however, two current Notre Dame de Namur students and a Communications professor who has worked in media for decades, all agree that many students at NDNU do not pay close attention to world news.
Karla Vasquez, a junior majoring in Psychology, explained that she did not think that most people kept up with recent news, and explained, “they’re too busy; they have too much to do.” Lack of time was also mentioned by Richard Rossi, a Communications professor who specializes in News and Media classes, who stated, “in this university students are really stretched; they have classes, work, internships and there just isn’t enough time.” Rossi continued, “I don’t think that students in general, are going to pay a whole lot of attention to something that doesn’t personally affect them.” Parallel to Rossi’s sentiment, Vasquez stated, “they should know what’s going on around them, but they’re so stuck in their little bubble where they’re ignorant because they think it doesn’t matter because it’s somewhere else in the world.”
According to Veronica Duarte, a junior majoring in Art, news stations are more credible than online sources. Vasquez said that she enjoys watching CNN to get her updates on the world. Rossi, however, chooses to read physical newspapers each morning. “I feel like a lot of people, unless it’s a huge subject like police brutality, don’t know about smaller things. Like they know about Black Lives Matter but not some earthquake in a village because it’s not all over Twitter or Snapchat,” said Vasquez. Regarding students that
obtain their news from social media sites like Twitter and Snapchat, Duarte explains that many, including herself, get their news from Facebook.
When asked whether social media was a credible news source, Duarte states, “I think it’s fine for one of your sources, but it’s a way to find out more about things.” She continued by saying that months ago when she saw “Pray for Paris” posted on various social media sites, she proceeded to Google it to see what had happened. In this way, she explains, it’s a way for students to at least be aware of what’s happening and it prompts them to research it themselves. “The Times is free for NDNU students; you’d be crazy not to subscribe” said Rossi. He continues, “it’s so easy now, it’s almost criminal not to be informed.” Vasquez recommends downloading a news app called FlipBoard, and Duarte encourages people to look up the things that they see posted on social media on more credible news sites like CNN or The New York