Oh. Hello there. I’m just reacting to the website that I will be reporting on for the semester. The Digital Journalism 2 Class at Marquette University now writes weekly blogs about sites that our professor, Mr. Lowe, assigned to us.
Somehow I ended up with The Arizona Republic.
As I said before: what? What in the world is in Arizona?
But I ended up investigating: I wanted insight on all that the online newspaper offered. I clicked on the provided link...and it looked like a crammed spam webpage. Lots of advertisements flashed, and the headlines weren’t appealing unless they were, unfortunately, about death. With the type of technology today, this outline was not acceptable. The format made me think that the site just started. But no. So shame on this news media-source.
But hey: let's shift to a positive route. If I said everything I wanted to say all the time, I wouldn't have any friends.
Everything was easy to click on. There were two rows of information separated from each other, so people have the option of deciding which one to choose from. But I recommend both come together in the future for less confusion. The photos looked nice and crisp. I'd pay attention though after clicking the main photo tab. It looks like pixelated pictures. Also, I'd add more photos to articles. And the videos featured up-to-date qualities: you could make the video fit your screen. If you wanted to make a comment on anything on the website, you would have to subscribe.
So a high-five (fist bump, etc.) goes out to Arizona for how it handled the rules about comments. If you scrolled down to the bottom of the page, you couldn’t give your opinion unless you subscribed: just like a professional website. And don't think about saying anything crazy, either: that behavior is not "tolerated," the website stated. Subscribers risk their suspension. Content was just as a journalist should write: objective and focused on the story.
Well, we'll see how The Arizona Republic improves later throughout the semester. I do see some good intentions taken from the layout and content. But hopefully next time Arizona remembers to put a little bit more 'makeup' on.