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The thirst to be first: An analysis of breaking news stories and their impact on the quality of 24 hour news coverage in the UK

Lewis, Justin Matthew Wren and Cushion, Stephen 2009. The thirst to be first: An analysis of breaking news stories and their impact on the quality of 24 hour news coverage in the UK. Journalism Practice 3 (3) , 304- 318. 10.1080/17512780902798737

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Abstract

This article explores the growth and character of breaking news on two 24-hour news channels in the United Kingdom, Sky News and BBC News 24. Our purpose is to examine, in detail, the nature and role of breaking news and, more generally, its impact on the quality of television news journalism. We draw upon a series of content analyses of news programming conducted in 2004, 2005/6 and 2007, and compare the elements of a breaking news item with more conventional forms of news. Our findings indicate that “breaking news” has become an increasingly important part of the 24-hour news culture. This growth means that the typical breaking news item is becoming increasingly predictable and routine. Moreover, by most measures, breaking news items are less well informed and feature less independent reporting than conventional news items. As a consequence, we argue, the decision to cover more breaking news stories impoverishes the quality of journalism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Uncontrolled Keywords: breaking news, content analysis, news values, public knowledge, sources, 24-hour news journalism
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1751-2786
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:54
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/5538

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