Watching What Happens: The New York Times is Making a Front-Page Bet on Real-Time Aggregation

By: Justin Ellis | Nieman Lab

The rhythms of the homepage of NYTimes.com are by now familiar, even a little predictable. The core of its layout has been steady for almost a decade; regular readers have come to know how stories flow in and out of slots, mixing the day’s top news, timely features enjoying their minute in the sun, nods to the opinion section, and a breaking story or two. While the page might have live updates — say, if the fate of Scottish independence hangs in the balance — few would confuse it with the frenetic pace of a newsy Twitter stream.

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