Move over, micropayments; step aside, microblogging. The latest piece of journalism to be downsized is…formatting itself.
Today, the AP unveiled a “microformat” for digital news, designed to encapsulate the content and (sorry) meta-data of every online news story.
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In turn, the AP and The Media Standards Trust — a UK-based research and development group devoted to fostering higher standards in news — are calling on news organizations worldwide to adopt more consistent news formats for online content.Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.
The proposed “microformat” would include what a story is about; where it was written; who wrote it; where it was published; the news principles it adheres to; and any usage rights associated with it.