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The Future of 24-Hour News

New Directions, New Challenges

Stephen Cushion and Richard Sambrook

Over the last 30 years 24-hour television news channels have reshaped the practice and culture of journalism. But the arrival of new content and social media platforms over recent years has challenged their power and authority, with fast-changing technologies accelerating the speed of news delivery and reshaping audience behaviour. Following on from The Rise of 24-Hour News Television: Global Perspectives (Cushion and Lewis, 2010), this volume explores new challenges and pressures facing television news channels, and considers the future of 24-hour news. Featuring a wide range of industry and academic perspectives, including the heads of some of the major international news channels (BBC Global News, Al Jazeera and Sky News, among others) as well as leading academics from around the world, contributors reflect on how well rolling television news is reinventing itself for digital platforms and the rapidly changing expectations of audiences. Overall, the 24 chapters in this volume deliver fresh insights into how 24-hour news channels have redefined rolling news journalism – or potentially could do – in order to remain relevant and effective in supplying continuous news for 21st-century audiences.
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Chapter 18: Producing News in the Moment: Video Journalism in an Increasingly Converged 24/7 Media Environment

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Producing News in the Moment: Video Journalism in an Increasingly Converged 24/7 Media Environment

MARY ANGELA BOCK



“You can’t go back.” That was one of the things a major newspaper reporter, who was experimenting with video journalism and largely enjoying the endeavor, said was one of his biggest challenges. When he was writing a story, if he had another question, he could always call the source and ask another question. With video, he had to get everything the first time, because returning to the moment was generally impossible. In the world of the 24-hour news cycle, there is simply no time for going back.1

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