Student stats for fall 2011: More students get their news from Twitter, most have smartphones

Here are the results from a recent survey of 17 students in the fall class. I used Wordle to create these word clouds, where the size of the word corresponds to its popularity as an answer.

Although some of these questions are different from ones I asked last semester, I am noticing what might be some interesting trends: that more students now have smartphones, and that they’re using Twitter and RSS more often. Hopefully this pattern will continue.

Word cloud representing SF State intro to online journalism students' answers to the question, "Do you have a smartphone?"

Do you have a smartphone?

Word cloud representing SF State intro to online journalism students' answers to the question, "If you have a Twitter account, how often do you use it?"

If you have a Twitter account, how often do you use it?

Word cloud representing SF State intro to online journalism students' answers to the question, "How often do you use an RSS reader such as Google Reader?"

How often do you use an RSS reader such as Google Reader?

Word cloud representing SF State intro to online journalism students' answers to the question, "Where do you get your news?"

Where do you get your news?

I never would have guessed that more students would say they get their news from email newsletters than from TV!

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