Take a Closer Look: Washington Post & Vice

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Project: Washington Post & Vice

Washington Post:

Is this site journalism? Is is it both?

Yes, because it contains articles with headlines written by seeming actual journalist (author included), provides quotes and sources which provides no interpretation. There are also sections for opinions and places for discussions.
It also provides more than basic journalism, offering readers to track their stocks, 

How does the site incorporate “citizen journalism,” social commentary or commentary or input, or courses pulled from avg citizens?

They seemingly do not use citizen journalism. The avenues the Washington post uses are comments, classified, and potential obituaries- otherwise there is a distinct lack of “citizen journalism”, input and commentary.  The news reports are from reporters and journalist, not average citizens.

The bloggers for the Washington Post are individuals who are employed by the Post and write regular posts.

The bloggers for the Washington Post are individuals who are employed by the Post and write regular posts.

Letters to the Editor are one way for the average citizen to participate in the news

Letters to the Editor are one way for the average citizen to participate in the news

How does the site source its info? What Types of sources do the use and how are these sources incorporated in the report?


They incorporate hyperlinks to relevant sources, or to the direct source included in the article. When sourcing quotes they credit the speaker and include their title ( ex President, Dr, Professor of …)
The use press releases- predominantly from politicians, government reports.

What the writing style? Is it straightforward, dry, poetic, long form?

The articles in general are straightforward with a visually comfortable mix of long form and short paragraphs.

Example of long-form story:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/10/feds-poised-to-withdraw-longstanding-warnings-about-dietary-cholesterol/?hpid=z1

How does the site establish credibility of both its brand and its reporters?

It includes follow up links in its articles so the reader can reaffirm and educate themselves of the issues and people that are discussed in the article, this removes ambiguity and keeps the article clean. It serves to lessen suspicion of faux claims or the Washington Post pulling the wool over their readers eyes. The authors of each article are hyperlinked to their own About Page, listing credentials and past pieces.

Example of credibility:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/alabama-activists-seek-court-leverage-amid-standoff-over-same-sex-marriage/2015/02/10/03df20c8-b138-11e4-886b-c22184f27c35_story.html?hpid=z1

How does make money? Tell more about the Ads

The Site makes bank on ads- they are all over the place. Some can be Xed out of however when the ads cover up site content. The site also allows readers to subscribe to the site. Advertisers include Amazon, Discovery Channel, Honda, and the Washington Post itself.

Advertisements on the Washington Post’s homepage.
Advertisements on the Washington Post’s homepage.

How often does the site update?

The site seems to update continuously. Their post range in time from the early morning to within an hour of us viewing them.

Notice the time stamps on the articles, we were viewing the site at 12:00.

Notice the time stamps on the articles, we were viewing the site at 12:00.

How is multimedia used? Visuals?  Graphics? How are stories packaged? Is it entertaining?
The site includes graphics in the form of pictures, graphs, video, and comics. The headlines presenting the articles are straightforward, has a connotation of authority and direct information instead of a WOW factor. The site is focused on news with an option to be entertained.
Front page disconnected but once an article is chosen, it cleans up and the article is well packaged.

Favorite Things about the Site? Least favorite?

Front page disconnected but once an article is chosen, it cleans up and the article is well packaged.

The quality and range of information is impressive. The visuals are nice and balance the line between picture blog and visually interesting well. The headlines are direct, its refreshing.


The Vice

Is this site journalism? Why or why not?
It offers journalism mixed with entertainment creating a more alternative journalism.

Concerning Vice News:
“VICE News is an international news organization created by and for a connected generation. Bringing you an unvarnished look at some of the most important events of our time, and shining a light on underreported stories around the globe. We get to the heart of the matter with reporters who call it like they see it.”

How does the site incorporate “citizen journalism,” social commentary or input, or sources pulled from adv. citizens?

There is a section at the bottom of most articles for comment. The authors of the articles do not have about pages so it is possible they are average citizens themselves (think Buzzfeed).
Vice encourages readers to submit ideas, videos, pitches to the editors, this incorporates at the the possibility of citizen journalism and social commentary.

http://www.vice.com/pages/about

How does the site source its info? What type of sources do they use & how are sources incorporated in reports?
There are hyperlinks within the articles to other news sites and normal regular sites.

What’s the writing style? Is it straightforward? Dry? exc.

The writing style fluxes in accordance the news/ information being presented. The photos explanations are easy to read, and the articles are written with grace, the news articles are more sterile and require a base understanding of the politics discusses (and presents hyperlinks if the reader is not on that level)

How does the site establish credibility? and the credibility of the reporters?

They have hyperlinks within an article that are connected to an actual website. Some of them are connected to news articles from a very known news sites, some of them are connected to another article from Vice.

How does the site MAKE MONEY? Where are the ads used, who advertises?

5The site makes money by having paid advertisements. There are multiple large banners on the home page. There are also banners within the articles. Current advertisers include movies and other sites run by Vice.

How often is the site updated?

6The site is updated regularly. It is hard to know exactly how often new stories are posted because the articles don’t contain a timestamp, just a date. As shown below, most of the stories on the homepage were posted within the last few days.

How is multimedia used? Visuals? Graphics? How are stories packaged? Is it entertaining?

The whole site is like a blog with many visuals. All the topics have a picture with the headline, which attracts the audience. There are even a section on just pictures. The main page is a mixture of all the topics but if you go to the top all of the articles are categorized. It’s very entertaining; kind of reminded me of Reddit but some of them are news, which are informing. They use graphics that are vast and allow the readers & ad companies to see the diverse range of the readers and viewers of the Vice.

Favorite things about the site? Least favorite?

Favorite things: the amount of fun easy to read information and the channels which easily compartmentalize the frivolous from the serious. Well organized and easily navigatable.

Least Favorite: Random scrolling of random mix of articles.

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