Critiquing Headlines of The Guardian
3 good headlines
– “Record number of people fleeing Syria, UN reports”
- It summarizes the content of the story and also attracts the readers attention
– “ Prevalence of malnutrition in southern Afghanistan ‘shocking’ “
- This headline sets the tone by providing a strong wording and a moving picture directly below
– “Tutu denounces mine massacre”
- It helps the reader to know who the story is about and what the subject of debate will be.
3 bad headlines
– “ Time to ditch convention wisdom? “
- It doesn’t say what convention and it is not clear what the story is about. It doesn’t give much detail .
- Change to : Should media coverage of political conventions change ?
– “Festival searches for a harder edge”
- It does not give details about the type of festival. It does not tell the reasons why the festival needs a harder edge. It doesn’t help set the tone or depict a mood. Uses the article “a”.
- Change to: Future of Venice Film Festival : “More Relevant and Exclusive”
– “Quebec separatists may govern”
- It doesn’t tell what they are going to govern or say why this has occurred.
- Change to: Quebec elections may bring Separatists into power
3 examples of hyperlinks
– In one of the articles, “ Time to ditch convention wisdom?”, there is a hyperlink to “The Newsroom”. It leads you to a page with all the articles that have mentioned the show , but it does not take you the show’s website.
– In one of the articles, “Tutu denounces mine massacre”, there is a hyperlink to a South African newspaper, “Beeld”. It is good because it takes to the newspaper site, but the site is not helpful because it was not in english .
– In one of the articles,” Al-Jazeera hacked by Assad group, there is a hyperlink to “al-jazeera.net.” The link takes you to broken page since the actual link is Aljazeera.com.
Evaluate an article….
-“ Record number of people fleeing Syria, UN reports”
-There are a lot of imbedded links , taking us to other similar articles from the Guardian website. On the other hand, there are few , if any anchor links in the article we read. The journalist, Brian Whitaker, shows transparency and credibility by directly citing the UN refugee agency. He begins his story with a statistic from the organization and goes on to quote the UNHCR’s chief spokeswoman, Melissa Fleming. The journalist relies heavily on the UN’s information and does not try to deceive the audience. The only problem with this article is that there is not a direct link to the UN website where this information was discovered. He does not add any extra information by continually quoting specific credible sources, such as Peter Maurer , head of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He ends the article with two quotes and shows that he is trying to give an informative approach in this story.