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Deadlines typical media working patterns

The following table gives a general indication of typical print media ie daily, Sunday, weekly and trade publication deadlines:

Publication type

Daily morning newspapers

Daily afternoon newspapers

Sunday newspapers

Weekly newspapers

Weekly trade publications

Monthly/quarterly publications


Late afternoon the day before publication

Lunchtime of the day of publication

Friday and Saturday (depending upon which section they are writing for) before Sunday publication

Around 36 hours before publication. Get the information to the journalist by the Monday or Tuesday of the publication week.

Around 36 hours before publication

Deadlines vary so find out

Typical Media Working Day

Journalists typically start work between 7.00 am and 10.00 am (depending upon whether they are representing a morning or evening newspaper) and leave from around 3.30 pm to 7.00 pm depending on deadlines.


  • Morning daily newspaper journalists research stories in the morning during the day before publication
  • Afternoon daily newspaper journalists research stories in the afternoon during the day before publication
  • Sunday newspaper journalists research stories on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Journalists on weekly trade publications, with a mid-week publication, research stories on Fridays and Mondays
  • Broadcast journalists work to the specific timings of their media outlets/shows on TV or radio, with radio news desks working to hourly bulletins on the hour in any 24 hour period/7 days a week or on a lunchtime/evening basis for regional TV news and on an ongoing basis for 24 hour rolling TV/radio/online news. Radio producers will cover activity for dedicated shows with particularly popular slots at breakfast/lunchtime and evening drive-time or for specific phone-in/feature shows throughout other parts of the day
  • The best time to talk to journalists about story ideas, stories and meetings is typically during the time they research stories so don’t be afraid to find out what suits them best