When news happens, it happens fast — especially online. But how can news outlets help give people context while providing new information?
Google, in a three-month experiment with The New York Times and The Washington Post, created a format called Living Stories. The site mapped a timeline of events and aggregated articles and opinion pieces, images and video, and other materials to give readers the big picture.
Other news sources have taken tips from Living Stories and melded them into their own sites. Among them is ProPublica, which launched its redesign in June.
Join us Aug. 18, at the storied New York Googleplex (Lego secret kitchen! For geeks: see the A, W, and K of AWK done in plastic portraits), when Josh Cohen, senior business product manager of Google News, and Scott Klein, editor of news applications at ProPublica, discuss what they've learned about displaying complex stories online and cultivating an active audience.
Presentation starts at 7 p.m., but come early and socialize at 6 p.m.
If you want to test Living Stories for yourself, Google has released the code at http://code.google.co... and created a WordPress plugin and theme.
We're also looking for volunteers to take detailed notes about the meetup, which we'll post on the Hacks & Hackers blog at http://hackshackers.c.... Interested? Email us at [masked].
The charge is $5, but that is not meant to be a deterrent (mostly to make sure people who RSVP don't flake.) If this is a problem, please email [masked], and you can volunteer in exchange.
A big thanks goes to Google for generously providing beer, wine and crudites in addition to meetup space. Hope to see you Aug. 18!