Nope; I don't feel as though The Arizona Republic is listening to me. Not much happened since I first visited the website for my first blog post beat that our professor assigned to us. The criticism I'm offering the site doesn't strike as effective either. Nothing changed except for the crazy background that the page provided viewers one morning. Remember the one with a huge football player glaring at the readers as he posed as though he would burst right from the screen? Yes; that guy.
The webpage looks a mess. The editors still split all the content up into three columns. And toward the bottom the articles become super jumbled because someone tried squeezing in rows halfway while another column design still followed a consistent outline. The breaking up of events needed a major makeover. Those who managed the page should consider that more. It's because of such disorganization that I prefer the phone application instead.
One thing I noticed this time was that there is this "things to do" area plastered right in the middle of the page and highlighted in yellow in comparison to other categories with blue-highlighted material. This is good, Arizona; stick with this type of design. In fact, if "things to do" is an important aspect, the online newspaper should bring it to the top.
But the "things to do" area also started one specific pattern that upset me. Clicking the "most popular" link, I scrolled down and found this category was repeated further down the page. But that wasn't the only set of events repeated. The first topic under the "Money" category read "Smaller cheaper Galaxy X III." Later down the page there was a new "Money" category. It read "Smaller cheaper Galaxy X III."
Sigh. That's sad. The site just filled up with information that editors already stated. The online medium needs more attention toward things already emphasized. And don't forget that the page requires better organization for outlining their content. Tisk, tisk, The Arizona Republic; it's not a good digital journalism day for you.