Beyond 800 Words: Prototyping New Story Formats for News

Posted by Tristan Ferne on

News on the internet is largely served up as 500 to 800-word articles - a legacy of newspapers. Although the digital article has been enhanced and improved with new technologies, it still works on the assumption that 'one size fits all'. BBC R&D is developing new story formats for news that are more effective than conventional video or article formats. I have written elsewhere about the current landscape of digital news. We think there might be better things.

Maybe we'll invent an industry disrupter. Maybe not. But we can learn about the evolving needs of our audiences, experiment with formats, inform the design of future systems and interfaces, and inspire people. In that spirit, we wanted to share our learnings from the first two-month phase of BBC R&D's "Reinventing News Stories" project - our ideas and prototypes and how we got there.

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