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The news-cycle, once traditionally hour-on-hour, is now minute-by-minute for most of us with a smartphone – the news agency in our pocket.

A slow news day: a transport policy review, a warehouse fire and a royal baby teething. An early production meeting allocates stories; producers scatter and camera crews are dispatched.

At the BBC, Newsgathering would loudly alert us to a breaking story. I'd say the major stories still warrant that, now that we are perpetually distracted by smaller screens and targeted alerts.

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