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Dominic Boyer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451881

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451881.001.0001

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The Craft of Slotting

The Craft of Slotting

Screenwork, Attentional Practices, and News Value at an International News Agency

(p.13) Chapter 1 The Craft of Slotting
The Life Informatic

Dominic Boyer

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the work of Associated Press Deutscher Dienst (AP-DD), an international news agency responsible for supplying raw and finished forms of breaking news content to other news organizations. It highlights the screenwork process of the agency, focusing on the challenges of managing vast quantitative increases in digital information and the challenges of defining news value on a fast-time basis. The chapter also discusses the role of “slotting” in digital journalism. In news agency journalism, the process took on greater significance because of the pressure to manage breaking news on a fast-time basis. Slotters decide what stories news agencies will send out and how they will cover them. And, agency clients increasingly rely upon news agencies both to obtain fast-time channels of breaking news content and to reduce their own production costs for reporting, editing, and analysis.

Keywords:   Associated Press Deutscher Dienst, international news agency, breaking news content, screenwork, digital information, slotting, digital journalism

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