I decided to take a look at the BBC news website and see what I liked and disliked about it. I liked the page overall, but there were a few things that I thought could have been better. When looking at the web page, there were numerous things I judged the site on. I looked at things such as the layout, the topics covered, the writing, the amount of ads on the page, and the types of multimedia available on the page.

 

When looking at the layout I noticed that it was very well organized. The homepage is sectioned off into various sections. The top stories, for example, are at the top of the page and give the quick synopsis of the story under the pictures. A user can click the link to get the full story. The only thing I did not like about the layout was that there were so many stories on the front page that it seemed chaotic. Although it is organized chaos, there is so much to sift through that it could perhaps be put on different pages or made tidier and smaller.

 

The site did have a great full range of stories available on it. It separated stories into counties and world regions, as well as into other categories like business, health, environment, tech, entertainment, and sports. Being an international news organization, BBC covers far more stories that happen abroad and have much more room discussing these issues than any other American news organization.

 

As I expected, the writing on all the stories on the BBC website was excellent. Stories were very in-depth and also written in a very sophisticated and professional manner. Being a large-scale news company, BBC had many different writers, all covering different topics.

 

BBC news also did a good job when it comes to advertisements. On their most visited page (the front page), there were only two ads, both by Google. One was an advertisement with graphics and the other was simply a box devoted to random links. I think BBC did a good job here, because while they didn’t completely avoid advertising in a news setting, they limited it from being an ad bombardment.

 

Finally, I took a look at the types of multimedia and graphics that were made available. Obviously there are numerous text-based articles. However, there is much more. One section is dedicated to simply videos. On news stories, there are also links to videos one can click on to get a different version of the story. On some pages, usually stories covering events, there are photo galleries with many photos of the event that one can scroll through.

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About mdavies99

Writing for the web blog/Spring 2012.

One response »

  1. nicoleshoe says:

    Nice choice Marc. It’s interesting to be able to look at the world’s news from a different country’s perspective.

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