Journal Article

Tracing Online News in Motion: Time and duration in the study of liquid journalism



Over the latest decade, news production practices have undergone dramatic changes as a consequence of journalism’s migration from offline to online platforms. While the linear news models of the past were characterized by delivery of static texts within strict deadlines, contemporary non-linear production practices are characterized by flexibility and constant delivery of “liquid” news. This article presents a method specifically designed for the study of constantly evolving news flows online. Methodologically, the approach entails new opportunities to systematically scrutinize the online news process, using time, duration and positioning of published materials as central variables. Based on an illustrative analysis of the online news flow of the Swedish Public Service Radio, the article gives examples of how such analyses can provide new knowledge about the processes of digital news production.

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    Journal Article (peer reviewed)
  • Journal:
    Digital Journalism, Vol 4, Issue 1.
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About the Author

Andreas Widholm

Andreas Widholm is Associate Professor of journalism in the Department of Media Studies (IMS) at Stockholm University, Sweden. His research addresses the relationship between media, politics and culture with a particular focus on journalism and so... Read more


Widholm, A. (2016). Tracing Online News in Motion: Time and duration in the study of liquid journalism. Digital Journalism, 4(1), pp. 24-40.