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Full of people with a phone strapped to one ear, fingers flying over keyboards. There are screens flickering and deadlines looming, piles of paper everywhere and half empty coffee cups in the bin. This stereotype still exists to an extent, although there's no cigarette smoke nowadays and it's not quite as noisy. But the newsroom is still the focal point of any newsgathering operation whether print, broadcast or online.

It's a place where editors can talk to news editors, news editors to reporters. It's a window on the world with wire services, press releases, telephone calls coming in. The day's output can be planned and executed.

But according to Nerone and Barnhurst (2003), the development of the newsroom, and its role in news production, are linked closely ...

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