The thing that bugs me most about news articles (other than the tension) are the jumping around in the storyline. News articles have a format similar to the following:
I've always appreciated stories that came with a sidebar that featured a timeline. Even better, timelines with links! Even better: collaboratively edited timelines that let the journalist do what she's good at while readers pick up the somewhat tedious work (it's not the most brain-busting thing) of putting events into place.
I've seen apps that do collaboratively-edited timelines, and here's a list of what I've come across: