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Microformats have many benefits for news reporting:

  • Distributed Reporting

News can be reported on various platforms and services, and be identified, aggregated, and re-distributed to local aggregators and wire services.

  • Pro-Am Journalism

Microformats allow anyone to report news without needing to use an exclusive or proprietary application. So long as other services can perform searches or real-time analysis of incoming items, news content can be recognized.

  • Topical Filtration

As the volume of news increases, rel-tags and more news-specific microformats can be by topic-specific services to filter news content.

  • Content-Type Filtration

Specific news-related content such as statistics and quotes can be laid out automatically into [1] and generally better-formatted presentation.