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How a 24-hour ‘paper’ handled the big story

Anyone who doubts that the Guardian has become a 24-hour “paper” should read Jane Perrone, deputy news editor of Guardian Unlimited, who fill’s the Editor’s week slot today.

She describes the familiar processes of a newsroom, but this is a morning newspaper behaving more like an evening newspaper in those long-past days when edition followed edition in fast succession.

Her description starts when the story broke shortly before 6am. The constant pressure starts but there are differences. Reporters filing audio reports, mobile phone pictures, podcasts, interactive graphics and G24, the constantly updated pdf print edition, are all added to the traditional mix.

There is a routine behind the adrenaline rush of a big story. Contrast this with the Birmingham Evening Mail which seemed almost surprised to discover the advantage of publishing “on the day” editions.


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