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Fresh story angles in the fast-paced paradigm of online media

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A discussion based on a common question about staying ahead of the curve when it comes to generating story angles in journalism. Here we examine the potential for fresh content on the same story rounds in the age of new/online media.

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As news stories develop, it is increasingly difficult to cover the same story or a certainly angle on the story as various others may have already done just that when it initially broke. This is an observable phenomenon in new/online media where one outlet breaks a certain story with a certain angle while the others essentially repackage the same story - and angle - while giving credit to the initial source. This certainly makes for quite a bit of repetitive reading, but it is instructive in demonstrating how difficult it can be for many to essentially reinvent in the wheel, so to speak, when it comes to covering a news story when it has been covered dozens of times. This is where finding alternatives angles can be of vital importance in allowing one's own writing/coverage to standout against the competition.

Seeking out a fresh angle isn't always as easy as it might appear, and stories only provide so much room for imagination or fresh questions that haven't already been covered by numerous other outlets. However, this doesn't mean that one is out of ...

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How the pace of online media could help journalists get ahead by generating fresh angles on breaking news stories.