The Times and Post have entered an arrangement with Google to host summaries of their news, a feature that will be called “Living Stories.”
The Google blog explains:
The idea behind Living Stories is to experiment with a different format for presenting news coverage online…. A typical newspaper article leads with the most important and interesting news, and follows with additional information of decreasing importance. Information from prior coverage is often repeated with each new online article, and the same article is presented to everyone regardless of whether they already read it. Living Stories try a different approach that plays to certain unique advantages of online publishing. They unify coverage on a single, dynamic page with a consistent URL. They organize information by developments in the story. They call your attention to changes in the story since you last viewed it so you can easily find the new material.
Silicon Alley Insider talked to Google’s Josh Cohen, who told them that the summaries will be written by Times and Post editors, and that if the format proves successful, Living Stories will move to the papers’ own web domains.
A “very significant relationship” indeed.