Comparing the best news websites, the top five are:
The NewYork Times
The Daily Telegraph
The Huffington Post
And the winner is… (my opinion) The Guardian. Well organized, colourful, interactive website. I think the colours and the web design is engaging people more to leave a comment or to chat. Of course, another thing I like about it is the Comment is free section, where you can even register your blog and start a debate. Attracting more audience than the newspaper itselft, The Guardian website is the considered one of the best news website.
Thinking about which website I liked less, I think it’ s The Huffington Post. It might be that I am not so familiar with it, but in my opinion, the website hosts too much information, too many categories on a single page. I could notice that it definitely is an interactive website, having the social media sharing options on the top of the front page. Still, difficult to find your way around.
Our first session of Multimedia Journalism started with creating a blog ourselves and analysing top blogs across the globe. Also, asking ourselves why are they successful and may be steal some of their ideas to upgrade our student blogs in order to make them look better on the exciting platform of the blogosphere. Jim McClellan, our Journalism tutor, suggested a short list of blogs we could look at. I ‘m gonna mention some of them: BoingBoing, The SartoriaList, Gawker, io9, Go Fug Yourself, Dooce, Mashable, Nick Robinson’s blog and many more.
To start, I can definitely say that some of the blogs go beyond the word ‘blog’ and slightly tend to shift into ‘healthy’ news outlets. Each of them, though, has its own community, its own audience and it ‘s different in a unique way. I mostly enjoyed looking through The SartoriaList, a blog that inspires me, though I am not a fashionista, nor have I ever had a keen interest in fashion. But, I really like everything that emphasizes the ‘beautiful’. One of my teacher back home told me once: big shows are not made with big people. It totally links to the concept of this website, although it has photos from the big brands collections from London, Paris, Milano and New York, it focuses more on random people this traveller meets on the street. What I mostly liked about it is that the blog doesn’t focus on the same idea that thousands of fashion blogs share, but it tends to emphasize the difference between the showroom trends and the common people on the street that looked great. His pictures are different, because he captures people in way that allows us to see beyond the surface. Also, an exciting job anyone would like to have, that mixes the best of experiences: travel, photography and fashion. Strongly recommended.
I also had a look at Nick Robinson’s Blog that is hosted by the BBC website. It’s a news blog mostly with features, that aim to critically analyze the current breaking news stories. Nick Robinson is a well-known political editor for the BBC. I think he is one of the best political analyst, so it’s my pleasure to read his blog and get a new perspective of what’s happening in the ‘dark’ world of politics. On his blog, I found an interesting article these days with an appealing headline ‘Cameron’s first war?’. The piece adopts a different angle on the ongoing conflict in Libya and questions whether Libya could be the PM’s first war as all military decisions he took before today concerned the Afghan war.
Have a look at the other blogs I mentioned, it’s worth spending your time reading them 🙂