The term 'Information Cycle' refers to the way that information is produced and distributed and how it changes over time. It describes the progression of media coverage relating to a particular newsworthy event or topic.
Understanding how the information cycle works will help you to know what kinds of information may be available on your topic as you locate and evaluate research sources.
The progression of the information cycle is directly connected to the amount of time AFTER an event has happened:
SAME DAY - Social Networking (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) and Mobile Communication (Texting)
HOURS/DAYS/WEEK - Mainstream Media (News sites, TV, radio, Newspapers), and Weekly Magazines
A MONTH - Monthly Magazines
3 TO 6 MONTHS - Scholarly Journals
A YEAR OR MORE - Scholarly Journals, Books, Government Reports, and Reference Materials
Social Media, Television, Radio & Internet
Weekly/Monthly Popular Magazines
Newspapers, Television & Other News Media