One of my first questions when I began building CrowdNews was simply, “Is news always new?”
I looked at the immediacy of news.
Was the news ticker at the bottom of the FOX News screen more newsworthy than Wolf Blitzer’s 5pm Situation Room on CNN?
Is USA Today, which by default reports yesterday’s news, no longer news? What about news that’s at least a week old, like Newsweek?
And then there is news reporting on a longer scale, like The Atlantic Monthly, or Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, and The Pew Research, State of the News Media 2014.
My answer: news isn’t what happened this 24 hour period, and then this 24 hour period, and then this 24 hour period. No, my answer is that news is content and information that is valuable to the audience.
And that annual report by Pew Research is valuable content and information to me. But so is the score from this afternoon’s football game.