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Rival US dailies join to boost digital news efforts

Published on Jun 20, 2014 1:27 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Two arch rival US newspapers, the Washington Post and New York Times, agreed Thursday to work together to find ways to improve interaction with readers online.

With a grant from the Knight Foundation, the publications agreed to work with the group Mozilla "to build a new content and commenting platform that will allow audiences to more deeply engage with media coverage and help news organizations everywhere better manage user comments and contributions," a joint statement said.

The project aims to go beyond simple comments from readers - it will allow them to submit pictures or links, track discussions and manage their contributions and online identities.

"This isn't another commenting platform for publishers; it's a publishing platform for readers," said Mr Greg Barber, director of digital news projects at the Washington Post, recently acquired by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

 
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