An early peek at Newspack shows flexibility and speed of homepage design

This video from Laurel Fulford of the Newspack development team demonstrates how the new platform adds to WordPress’s block editor to give newsrooms a range of options for showcasing their work (no sound):

Up to 12 charter newsrooms are set to re-launch with the WordPress.com-hosted service by mid-October. Applications are open through Aug. 15 for up to 50 news organizations to join the second phase of development. Much more on that here

This rough-cut video without any narration was put together to show Newspack’s pilot newsrooms what’s possible, not as a training tool. It moves quickly, with the goal of showing a completed page in short order. It offers a glimpse of the design possibilities that are planned.

Read more about Newspack’s features and the thinking behind it on the newspack.blog

Although there isn’t a video showing their creation, here are several static mockups of Newspack content.

Five examples of homepages:

A couple looks at single posts:

And mobile delivery of a homepage:

Google, through its Google News Initiative, is the lead underwriter of Newspack’s development at $1.2 million. Other financial supporters and advisers are The Lenfest Institute, which is contributing $400,000; ConsenSys, which is contributing $350,000; and the Knight Foundation, which is contributing $250,000. 

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