Topic 8 Timeliness
The date when information was produced or published can be an important aspect of quality. This is not quite as simple as saying that ‘good’ information has to be up to date.
Example of a news item from an online news source:
Online news itemCopyright 2000 Coventry Newspapers Limited
Coventry Evening Telegraph
May 4, 2000, Thursday
SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 5
LENGTH: 83 words HEADLINE: DECISION DAY IN MAYOR RACE
VOTERS across England go to the polls today in a series of elections as Tony Blair faces his biggest test of public opinion ahead of the next General Election.
In the London mayor elections, independent candidate Ken Livingstone is seen as the runaway favourite with Tory Steve Norris and Labour's Frank Dobson widely seen as in a battle for second place ahead of Liberal Democrat Susan Kramer.
In the local council elections the Tories are likely to make between 200 and 400 gains.
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