Notably, I point to:
- Grid layouts
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Full screen glory
- Multi-column text display
- Multi-paneled layouts
- Big, beautiful video and imagery
- In-browser notifications
- Offline reading
And, of course, the shortcomings:
- Lack of permalinks. If you want to link to a story within an app, the resulting URL leads to the standard website URL.
- No rich media. Aside fro the apps that are based entirely on video or audio, I have yet to see any apps that integrate video and audio within stories.
- Based on episodic storytelling. These apps work great for a news format based on tons of articles being reproduced every day. But what about stories that are told in format of data or long-living stories that could be built in wiki format? Sticking with episodic story display discourages newsrooms from thinking of new ways to tell stories.
- Where are the comments? Although this is a point of debate in the news industry, the inability for commenting and direct user interaction within the sites is worrisome.
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