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Later the same day...

January 28, 1986

Television and radio news carry stories throughout the day.

"Obviously, a major malfunction
"  "I guess in our human existence there is triumph and there is tragedy."

Broadcast News Characteristics
AUDIENCE: General public
AUTHOR: Journalists
TIMELINESS: Provides the most up-to-date information available. Usually carries live reports from "on-the-scene" with little time for analysis.
CONTENT: May include interviews with people involved or eyewitnesses to the event
TYPE OF SOURCE: Primary

The Challenger accident took place before the development of the World Wide Web. Today, news Web sites would also carry the story, updating information as quickly as it becomes available.

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