BBC Website Review

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.

Response Blog: Why Curation Is Important to the Future of Journalism

Before I read this in-depth article on journalist curators, I had never heard of the practice. I have, however heard of other types of curators such as a museum curator, who keeps track of the museums’ important collections. Although I had never heard the term ‘journalism curator,’ I have, in many instances, seen their work. Now more than ever, in this age of technology, media and information travels quickly and abundantly and it would only make sense to have a person in charge of synthesizing all that information. By doing so, the curator makes it easy on their audiences to get a good picture of what’s going on in the world, without having to sift through countless web pages to find top stories.

But like just about everything involving media, biases are present. There can in fact be right-wing and left-wing journalistic curators, for example. In one case, the right-winger would distribute information only espousing their own conservative beliefs, where the left-winger would do the same with his or her liberal beliefs. Some curators may acclaim themselves as unbiased, fair curators. However, even these journalists will still undoubtedly be skewed, due to the stories and information they do not chose to share with the world.

Despite their battles with biases, curators still can be very important to the world of media. Perhaps one of the best parts about journalistic curators is that it can be everyday people just passing along information they are passionate about, as Anthony DeRosa discusses in the article. “We all have access to pretty much the same information sources, aside from the investigation and journalism that people at news agencies perform. There’s enough out there for someone who simply wants to be a helpful guide, to plant their flag and be a good resource for whatever it is they’re interested in.” Even more exciting is the creation of web sites such as RRS and Twitter which allow users to not only transmit information of their choice to their followers, but also to follow other curators. By doing so, each user can chose what curators they want to subscribe to, and in the end, get the media they want to see.

Writing for the Web

I am taking this course for multiple reasons. First, it is a requirement for my Communication Studies major. I also find computers and technology very interesting along with the media. This course synthesizes the two which made it very appealing to me. Although I consider myself to be an “above-average” writer, I know writing on different mediums, such as the internet, requires learning different skills than traditional writing.