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Information Timeline

Information Timeline

(The timeline is given in order of how information is published and shared over time. Time estimates are approximate. The FORMAT of information is written in capital letters, followed by a description, and then some examples of publishing platforms or publications.)

  1. Event Occurs.
  2. Within minutes: SOCIAL MEDIA "breaks" the story. Info may be incomplete, false, or biased. Examples: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, blogs
  3. Within days: NEWS SITES, TV, RADIO & DAILY NEWSPAPERS. As time passes, info gets added, updated, and verified. Opinions emerge. Examples:, CBS News, BBC Radio, New York Times
  4. Within a week: WEEKLY MAGAZINES offer more insight. Likely to include contextual info, interviews, related topics. Examples: Time, Newsweek, People, The New Yorker
  5. Within a month: MONTHLY MAGAZINES. Additional time allows for better reporting. May include opinions. Examples: Wired, Scientific American, National Geographic
  6. 3+ months later: SCHOLARLY JOURNALS. Written by experts. Well-researched and objective. Examples: Journal of American Culture, Nature, JAMA
  7. 12+ months later: BOOKS benefit most from hindsight. Give most in-depth coverage of topic. Examples: Nonfiction titles, biographies, textbooks, reference materials.
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