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The Information Cycle

What is The Information Cycle?

The Information Cycle is the progression of media coverage of a particular newsworthy event.  Understanding the information cycle will help you to better know what information is available on your topic and better evaluate information sources covering that topic.

After an event, information about that event becomes available in a pattern similar to this:

information cycle timeline

See a video explaining the information cycle.      

The Day of an Event

Television, The Internet, and Radio

The information:

The Day After an Event


The information:

The Week of or Weeks After an Event

Weekly Popular Magazines and News Magazines

The information:

Six Months to a Year After an Event and On...

Academic Journals

The information:

A Year to Years After an Event and On...


The information:

Government Reports

The information:

Reference Material

The information: