John Robinson has a good example of how the flow of breaking news has changed, based on some sort of middling college basketball team they have in North Carolina 😉 :
So, we have website, social media, television and good old-fashioned word of mouth. Not print, of course. So, everyone who cares knows before the newspaper comes out tomorrow morning. That’s why we’re not focusing on the announcement but on what it might mean, with a point of view.
John says this is an example of how the news has evolved over the last 5 years. True, but that was happening while TV news was breaking into the newspaper’s dominance of local news. It’s just been ramped up in the age of social media. And newspapers now have an opportunity to get in on the mix of the discussion of breaking news.