Time in Journalism

The products of journalism are narratives, typically nonfictional and informative ones. Such narratives may refer to distant or recent past occurrences, report accounts regarding live incidents or ongoing trends, and reflect on future consequences and ramifications of current events. Thus, like other narratives, or even more so, time and temporality are constituting news narratives. From the production angle, time is an element that plays an essential part in newsmaking, as pressures such as deadlines or the desire to publish first exclusive items before colleagues are affecting journalistic practices in the accelerated news cycle. From the news technology and users’ perspective, time is increasingly becoming a significant factor as the number of minutes spent in news sites is a measurable matrix. Hence, the “life cycle” of ...

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