Why does the beat go on?
An examination of the role of beat structure in the newsroom This article challenges the idea-common in the classic research on the construction of news-that beat structure is constant across all newspaper situations.
Media, Journalism, and Film
Becker, Lee, Wilson Lowrey, Dane Claussen, and William Anderson. "Why does the beat go on?." Newspaper Research Journal 21, no. 4 (2000): 2-16.
Newspaper Research Journal