N.Y. TIMES DE­BUTS ‘ONE-SEN­TENCE STO­RIES’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Those who fret that the news me­dia has be­come frag­mented and fran­tic should brace for this: “The New York Times has de­vel­oped a new form of sto­ry­telling to help read­ers catch up in sec­onds on Ap­ple Watch. One­sen­tence sto­ries, crafted spe­cially for small screens, will pro­vide the news at a glance across many Times sec­tions, in­clud­ing Busi­ness, Pol­i­tics, Science, Tech and The Arts,” the news or­ga­ni­za­tion re­cently an­nounced with hip brevity.

“One-sen­tence sto­ries are ac­com­pa­nied by The Times’s award-win­ning photography and short, bul­leted sum­maries. Ed­i­tors on three con­ti­nents will be ded­i­cated to The Times’s core mo­bile apps, in­clud­ing Watch, 24 hours a day,” The Times con­cluded.

Wait, rather than a whole new jour­nal­is­tic en­tity, isn’t this just a head­line to fit a watch face? Well, what­ever. It’s tough out there. Vari­ants will likely ap­pear else­where as the press scram­bles to keep their foot­ing in the me­dia mar­ket­place. And hey, why not go for the one-word story, then? Whoa, help, heh and balder­dash could make for some de­cent starters.

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