Print Is Future, Online Is Past: Cross-Media Analysis of Temporal Orientations in the News

Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt*, Motti Neiger

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article examines the representation of past, present, and future in print and online news, while establishing a link between the temporal orientation of news stories and the constraints of the news cycle. Based on a content analysis of top news stories in the Israeli media, the study shows that a future temporal orientation is more prevalent in print media, which assume the role of projecting upcoming events, analyzing potential outcomes, and shaping collective expectations. In contrast, online news tends to assume the more commonly recognized journalistic role of informing the public on recent-past events. The discussion introduces the notion of “temporal affordances,” referring to the temporal constraints and possibilities of media technologies, which in turn can lead to distinctive content characteristics. These affordances, which connect symbolic and material dimensions, contribute to the shaping and reshaping of the functions served by divergent communication outlets in changing media landscapes.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1047-1067
Number of pages21
JournalCommunication Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2015

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  • affordances
  • media and time
  • news cycle
  • traditional versus new media


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