‘The future of news is not an article’: Ideas from NYT R&D on what news can look like in forms outside traditional articles

“Rather than look to large tech platforms to propose the future of news, perhaps there is a great opportunity for news organizations themselves to rethink those assumptions,” Alexis Lloyd writes. Because the future of news is not an article, Lloyd proposes what news can look like when it’s not held back by the form of an article. Some ideas: Create “particles” that can be tagged, searched and embedded to leverage previous reporting in new stories. “Particles” can then be adapted for different platforms as in forms such as a food story becoming a long-form story on the website, one sentence on the Apple Watch and a standalone recipe in NYT’s Cooking app.

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