Does the Guardian guard our interests?
The Guardian News Site Review
Our first impression of the site was that it was extremely busy-looking. There was over 30 new stories on the front page and over 15 different tabs to click from on the top. It was a little overwhelming and seemed unprofessional.
The Guardian, at first glance, seemed not very credible. We learned in “Writing for Digital Media” by Brian Carroll that you can tell if a website is credible by how recently it has been updated. We found that the site was updated a minute ago and they had won “Website of the Year” and provided a link to back up their stories. This award allowed our group to want to trust this website if it was celebrated by the Online Media Awards. They had high quality graphics , which made it seem authentic and genuine. They were also covering pertinent information for the United States audience.
What is the general writing style?
Since The Guardian is a UK- based company, their reporting seems to be less biased than American news corporations. They had stories about both sides of political arguments and had diverse stories.
Does the writer Identify with his or her readers?
The Guardian puts out the content that it thinks their readers would most likely want to read. They also have topics from sports to culture to travel, which allows for a broader audience. At the bottom of their pages, they also have a “Hot Topics” bar which allows the reader to link directly to the most current news they may be looking for.
Does the writing style get to the point?
The writers at the Guardian give headlines that tell the main point of the story, but their articles are fairly long. You could probably read the first paragraph of any story and know what the rest of the article will be about.
How is it arranged?
It is arranged with the most important news first in inverted pyramid style. They have a “Breaking news” ticker that tells the most up-to-date information and then the topics on the main page are in most recent order.
Is the content shaped for scanning? How is the content layered?
It is extremely easy to scan through The Guardian’s main page. With small boxes of information arranged into two columns, it makes the reader want to scroll downward. They layer pictures with their content, along with numerous hyperlinks in their articles.
Is the tone or rhythm of the site consistent throughout ?
The tone seems to be consistent throughout the site. They report on topics from serious to silly, but they all are extremely informative and applicable to today’s reader.
How does the site use headlines?
The Guardian’s headlines aren’t grabbing a reader’s attention, but they rely more on pictures to tell their stories. Their headlines are all linkable so you can immediately change to that page.
How does it use links? Effectively or not?
They use almost too many links that it is hard to stay on a single page. In one of the articles we looked at about the election, there were 10 links inside of the text. It seemed excessive and not effective.
How is multimedia used?
They used multimedia very well. They have over 10 apps for different types of technology. They inserted Sound Cloud interviews into their articles occasionally. They also had videos and you could facebook or tweet the article with one click. There was also at least one picture for every article.
How does the site “package” stories?
They did a good job of packaging pictures with stories, but they had a lot of ads that it was sometimes hard to distinguish between the two.
How are the graphics used?
Their graphics are important part of the front page. It is an attention-grabbing part of the site but with three columns of stories, it seems overwhelming. They encourage you to click on pictures you like, but it can be hard to make decisions.
Can each page stand on its own?
Yes, you each page seems to stand on its own but they link to many other pages.
How is the navigation?
We didn’t get lost because when you click something, it highlights it for you. We were able to see where we were clicking and the tabs were helpful.
How does the site incorporate or interact?
You can “share” on Facebook, tweet, or email all of the articles and they also have “related” links to each article. They also have a column of just the twitter feeds for or about The Guardian .Again, there are many different apps to engage readers in all facets of their life.