This is probably something you've thought about and rejected, but here goes.
Why not develop the stories, photos, newspapers, etc in Family Tree Maker, rather than Ancestry, and have that as your primary source?
I have a lot of newspaper clippings in my FTM file. The image of the article and the transcription are all in the citation and can be viewed both in FTM and Ancestry. I don't have to be online to see it.
Just a thought.