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Breaking news refers to events that are currently developing, or “breaking.” Breaking news usually refers to events that are unexpected, such as a plane crash or building fire.
How to Cover Breaking News
You’re covering a breaking news story—a shooting, a fire, a tornado—it could be anything. Lots of media outlets are covering the same thing, so there’s fierce competition to get the story first. But you also have to get it right.
The problem is, breaking news stories are typically the most chaotic and confusing to cover. And too often, media outlets in a rush to be first end up reporting things that turn out to be wrong.