Innovation in Content Analysis: Freezing the flow of liquid news

This chapter focuses on evaluating a range of methods for dealing with the growing challenge of capturing 'liquid' content. It begins by synthesizing the literature around the concept of “liquid news” and how it complicates traditional approaches to content analysis. It then describes key considerations about the technical aspects of web pages and reviews existing methods for freezing online news content. Those methods are then employed and critiqued through a case study whereby link information is extracted from different parts of the fluid and interactive New York Times homepage. Finally, recommendations involving common research scenarios are offered, and directions for future research are presented.