The Information Cycle is the progression of media coverage of a particular newsworthy event. In the moments after an event, the Information Cycle begins and it continues in the following hours, days, weeks, months, and years. It includes information about the event across all media formats.
Understanding how information is created, how it is transmitted, and how it changes over time will help you better evaluate information sources covering an event or topic.
After an event, information about that event becomes available in a pattern similar to this:
The timeline below is an example of how an event, like the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, generates information that is produced and distributed over the passage of time.