Besides all of the new typography, navigation, color and multimedia, the real story is the fundamental rethink of what a story page should be. For too long, the formula of online news has been a spine of text that media elements hang off of like a sad Charlie Brown Christmas tree, competing with ads and widgets for attention. What these new pages do is suggest that a story is more than a jumble of these parts, in fact, it works best when every element ties together cohesively.
MSNBC.com certainly is different though I don’t particularly care for it – I do like it more than the site it replaces. Also is the scrolling on the pages jerky for anyone else?