New York Times’ Express team shows how much readers are in control of news now

The New York Times Express team is a product of a new reality in journalism, Margaret Sullivan writes: “The Times can no longer just decide, high on its mountaintop, what is news.” NYT senior editor Patrick LaForge says the Express team starts crafting stories when a topic starts gaining traction on social media, resulting in coverage of events that the NYT may not have paid attention to decades ago. LaForge says: “The reader controls the news agenda much more than 30 years ago.”

+ In other news from NYT: The New York Times is launching a Spanish-language website based in Mexico City and targeting Latin America with an audience estimated at 80 million (Nieman Lab) and user experience research lead Juliette Melton explains how the team used design research to launch The New York Times en Español (Medium)