On the heels of a debt deal in Europe and the accompanying stock market surge, the news came today that Greece may allow citizens to veto the deal in a referendum election. Facing this piece of big news, MSNBC's wire, msnbc.com News Service, stepped up to the plate and published two stories on this new development.
The stories are no-frills hard news, which is exactly what this situation calls for. A more feature-story approach is nice and often illuminating in a way hard news can't be, but that takes time. In this case, get the story out the door quickly in a straightforward way was important, and that's what they did.
Msnbc.com News Service is not nearly as well known as AP and Reuters, but it produces solid and timely content — exactly what you want from a news wire.