Newspapers: more creativity, please

As many people probably know by now, Google came out with another of its Google Labs features on Monday: a Google News timeline view, which gives users the ability to see and scroll through headlines, photos and news excerpts by day/week/month/year. The sources of this data can also be customized to include not just traditional news sources but also Wikipedia, sports scores, blogs, etc. It’s a fascinating way of interpreting the news — not something that is likely going to replace a regular old Google News headline view, but an additional way of looking at things.

One question kept nagging at me as I was looking at this latest Google effort at delivering the news, and that was: Why couldn’t a news organization have done this? Why not a newspaper, or even a collective like Associated Press (which seems to prefer threats to creativity)? Isn’t delivering the news in creative and interesting ways that appeal to readers what we are supposed to be doing? Apparently not. Even the most progressive of newspaper sites still looks very much like a traditional newspaper — not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. But is it too much to ask for a little variety? Why not have some alternative display possibilities available? Who knows, it might even con some people into reading more.

(please read the rest of this post at the Nieman Journalism Lab blog)

8 thoughts on “Newspapers: more creativity, please

  1. This is a refreshing “news”. A total make-over may somehow lure the readers to once again read the newspaper from cover to cover. With vast choices, one can't help but choose the one with better appearance and headline offering. Truly a “survival of the fittest scenario”.

  2. Excellent point! It's really amazing that Google has come up with this tool and not the news organizations. Then again, it might be because Google has the resources and the means to develop something like this. What do you guys think?

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  5. Thanks for the post. I think Google is a really good site. it has many advantages over others.
    yes, it looks like a traditional site – but why not? People, who use this site are not interested in the design of the site they need news. Nothing more.

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