Why The New York Times created a team to cover viral stories online

The New York Times announced Tuesday afternoon that it had created a new unit called the “Express Team” that will cover viral stories online, “but also push that news forward rather than just repackaging it for clicks.” Jeremy Barr writes that the Express Team is essentially a new version of NYT’s rewrite desk, which responds to breaking news stories as they unfold. Barr writes: “Rather than eschewing aggregation, the Times seems to be moving to ensure that it can keep pace with fast-moving competitors, without sacrificing the paper’s commitment to high-quality journalism and accuracy.”