"The goal of hNews is to make certain elements of news articles machine-readable. In and of itself, this may not sound like much. One benefit is that it will help search engines and other parties do a better job sorting and analyzing information contained in news content (cover your ears, Rupert Murdoch!)."
"News credit uses microformats with some specific enhancements to allow journalists, and those producing journalism, to embed basic information to their news articles online which can help the public establish an article’s authorship and provenance. This information is not pejorative or judgmental, rather the basic who, what, when and where of a news article. The equivalent, if you like, of ingredients of the side of a food packet - giving people the information they need to enable them to make informed choices."