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Breaking News

“Breaking News” is by-far the most over-used term in all of professional journalism. Initially, this phrase meant either a story was “breaking” into a non-news broadcast due to its importance, or that the news organization reporting the story was the first to report it. The phrase connotes a sense of urgency and at first only… read more »

News

One would think the definition of news would be rather cut-and-dry. One who thinks that would also be quite wrong. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word “news” as “newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events.” However, this is not nearly nuanced enough to encompass the ever-changing landscape of news. Prior to the… read more »

Reporters

Reporters come in only two types. The first is a naive idealist who refuses to believe or acknowledge that there are any flaws in the institution of reporting the news. They are often shocked to find out that the news organization that employs them is actually a business, as they do not understand the very… read more »

The Media

This is a broad and general term often used by detractors to sully the reputation of some news organization they do not fancy. It is largely taken to encompass the entire news business as a whole, but those using the term mean “All news sources except for the one or two that I get my… read more »

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