April 16, 2002

How Story Length Changes During Newscasts

Length in Seconds
1 138
2 77
3 62
4 58
5 55
6 53
7 57
8 55
9 57
10 59
11 57
12 55
13 48
14 48

Based on PEJ Local TV Project research. This chart shows the average story length, in seconds, of each story in a newscast depending on its placement in the program (e.g., as the first story, second story, etc.).