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The apparently ‘undisciplined and chaotic’ (Harrison, 2000) process of collecting information, opinion and facts that are likely news material is co-ordinated within a newsroom, but happens both inside and outside the office.

It involves reporters, correspondents, producers, news editors, and planners. They use sources such as people, documents, news releases and the Internet – and other media outlets. They use equipment from a pen and notebook to audio recorders and cameras.

It's been described as a machine (Yorke, 2000) and is perceived as something distinct from news processing, which is turning a selection of stories into newspapers and programmes. In large organizations, and television in particular, the complex practical logistics of newsgathering involve a team of people working to a particular programme deciding the allocation of technical ...

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