Below is Stefanie Dazio’s senior thesis, “The Landscape of Breaking News.”
Abstract: From the town crier to Twitter, breaking news has been an integral part of the information-sharing landscape for centuries. As technology advances, so too does the way a story is reported, produced and consumed. This thesis discussed and disseminated the landscape of breaking news through three papers. The papers respectively delved into the past, present, and future of the breaking news landscape. Research, interviews and subsequent analysis showed that technology has largely driven, and will continue to drive, the evolution of this landscape. Looking toward the future, news organizations must learn how to adapt in this social media-friendly climate in order to best compete in the digital age and whatever lies ahead.