Does the traditional news article still make sense as the primary unit of news in the age of the Internet and smartphone? That was the question I asked in my first blog post as an RJI Fellow in July 2015. My fellowship has focused on evaluating a proposed alternative unit of news: the structured story, a knowledge representation mechanism that enables the encoding of general news as structured events organized into narratives.
Structured stories are an extreme example of structured journalism, a broader movement that seeks to change the basis of journalism from unstructured text articles into a data-centric, networked vision of news. Such a vision might offer a sustainable path forward for newsrooms, news consumers, journalists and society in the challenging post-print media environment.Read More