In an editorial meeting, Jack Shafer, the media columnist for Slate, observed that the news cycle had three distinct parts: an overnight shift led by newspapers, a daytime phase when other news media entities react to the overnight news, and an afternoon phase when, as Mr. Plotz put it, “the day’s news events break and are digested.”
This is a step forward, recognizing a change in how news works in today’s media environment. But their three-stage cycle, based on times of the day (local to where?) does not impress. In fact, in seems still very “inside baseball,” framed around the newspaper and its competing media. It could be much more organic.