Related to the previous, Jamie Kelly has a look at the difficulties of covering breaking news:

Breaking news is by turns terrifying, exhilarating, stressful and extraordinary boring. There are large stretches of time when you don’t know anything new. That’s OK, unless you’re running a 24-hour news feed. Then you have to find something to fill the time. And too often it’s either baseless speculation or just plain bad information.

And the alternative is not sticking with the story and having people flip over to your channel and wonder why you’re not covering it.

Read Jamie’s whole post, because he has some terrific insights into why social media makes breaking news particularly difficult, and how journalists (and consumers) can do better.