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Towards a rolling news logic in fixed time bulletins? A comparative analysis of journalistic interventions in the US, UK and Norway

Cushion, Stephen, Aalberg, Toril and Thomas, Richard 2014. Towards a rolling news logic in fixed time bulletins? A comparative analysis of journalistic interventions in the US, UK and Norway. European Journal of Communication 29 (1) , pp. 100-109. 10.1177/0267323113504373

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Abstract

Contemporary news media operate in an increasingly competitive environment with fast-changing technologies facilitating more immediate forms of communication. In doing so, the logic of ‘old’ news formats is being challenged. On television, for example, viewers no longer have to wait for morning or evening bulletins, since rolling news channels deliver an instant fix. This study carries out a content analysis of the major news bulletins in the US, UK and Norway, asking whether the wider culture of journalism has impacted on the format and style of coverage. The study finds that certain journalistic interventions – which inject a sense of immediacy (reporting live), of pace (constant updates) or extend geographic space (on location) – routinely appear on fixed time television bulletins to different degrees cross-nationally. The authors suggest this represents an adoption of rolling news logic – with bulletins incorporating the urgency and liveness displayed in national news cultures – delivering a more interpretive and instant form of communication than pre-edited or scripted news packages.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0267-3231
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:36
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/52436

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