Information may be delivered in a variety of formats: books, articles, pamphlets, reports, social media and more. Understanding format categories, characteristics, and production cycles will help you to choose the best source for your needs.
Information types differ in many ways, including:
Tone & Formality casual or specialized language
Purposepersuade, inform, sell, entertain
Form & Distributionbook, article, tweet, print, digital, fee based, free
Authorship & Editorial Process self published, editorial review, peer review
The information life cycle describes the circulation of information and media coverage following a newsworthy event. Considering the time needed to create and distribute information formats can help you determine what information you are likely to find about your topic.
See the example timeline of coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.