Recycling the news

The news have many angles and the media that disseminate them do not always manage to cover them all, at first glance. Hence, recycling has resulted in a technique that’s already present on digital transmissions and on the important notes of the printed newspapers.

This recycling allows us to discover many of the imperceptible or unregistered dimensions from the very first moment that they appear under the public light, in some cases it’s about the notes that link fairly well to the first episode of a story and then they progressively add up as such dynamic event evolves, and in others cases, it’s about background data that adheres to the main event for better contextualization.

The digital newspapers do this frequently to “refresh” the contents that have already been offered and consumed by users, as a way to keep them hooked to the website and prolong their interest for the news, beyond “expiration time”.

Hyperlinks are a well-known way of offering different references connected to a story in case that the reader is interested in knowing more than one episode. These links can appear in the intervals of an article and are simply listed as an option for those who would like to know more, but they involve the risk of the user leaving the site to continue browsing others.

The best technique is to appeal to several sources to find more data and facts to add, such as testimonies and any elements that arise at a later point on the coverage of an episode. This data will also define, as far as possible, all the reasons for an event and its foreseeable consequences.

This handling of all the related ingredients to the news is becoming more recurrent in the media that have created intelligent units for data analysis, which were put up specifically to help discover these things, above all.

In the printed newspapers, the resource of recycling is very useful because the teams of journalists don’t work under the pressing rush of the digital newsrooms, and the employees of the “big data” units, which are those who seek, tie and nourish the news with other archived data, are usually vaccinated against these ticking pressures, so that they can actually take their time to do a profound job.

Many great and exciting stories have been discovered through these specific harvests of data and the interpretations of such, thus giving high-quality journalism a flavor of “novelty” and “depth” to its most relevant contents.

– Translated from Spanish by Randy Rodriguez.