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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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Mary Angela Bock is a former television journalist who joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. Her most recent project (with co-­authors Shahira Fahmy and Wayne Wanta) is Visual Communication Theory and Research: A Mass Communication Perspective (2014, Palgrave). Bock is also the author of Video Journalism: Beyond the One-Man Band, and co-editor of The Content Analysis Reader with Klaus Krippendorff.

Michael Bromley is interim head of the Department of Journalism at City University London. He was previously head of the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland, and has also taught at universities in the US. A former journalist, he has published widely on journalism and the news media, and contributed to the first edition of this book. His research interests include journalism education, the practices of journalism and the socio-cultural uses of journalism.

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