The Canadian government said last week it is abandoning the traditional press release format in favor of "a more digital-friendly product that makes the key messages of announcements clearer, quick facts more accessible, and integrates more effectively with social media channels," according to Kim McKinnon of the Canadian Government’s Communications Community Office:
Instead, both the media and stakeholders will get a fresh approach from Canadian Government departments and agencies. Two or three paragraphs of short, crisp text will allow them to scan quickly for the key messages of the announcement. The new format also offers quick access to key facts and additional resources.
You can see an example here (the federal government isn't the only one in Canada with stripped-down releases, BTW). It looks kind of like the social media release format various PR folks have pushed in recent years, but without—in this case, at least—the multimedia elements that make it interesting.