Milwaukee National Sites Analysis
Milwaukee has one of the most interesting communities I have ever seen and have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. I am glad to see that that community also translates to Milwaukee-based websites. All the websites are informative on not only Milwaukee, but the surrounding cities. They also each have their own demographic they cater too even though they are sharing similar, if not the same, information. Milwaukee Record is trying to be satirical and not take itself too seriously while presenting their information. Then there is Urban Milwaukee. This website contains more op eds and is geared towards an older audience. It has more political content when compared to the other sites. On Milwaukee has a lot of activities and events happening in Milwaukee on their website, and so do many of the other sites.
All the articles provided on Milwaukee’s national sites are very short and easy to consume. There was never a time when I was reading one and felt it was being dragged on for too long. Their information was straight to the point and interesting. All the articles were based off current events. There was nothing too out of date, and all the articles were published within the last month. There was a wide range of articles that could appeal to anyone. As previously mentioned, there was the more political site in Urban Milwaukee, which already appeals to an older crowd, but also the way it was designed makes it appealing to older people as well. Urban Milwaukee had a very plain, simple design. There were not many fancy graphics, the background was plain white, and the text was just black. On Milwaukee and other sites were different than that. On Milwaukee had interesting logo design, and a colorful navigational bar. It seemed bright, bubbly, and youthful. On Milwaukee also had a quality a lot of social media apps have, which is the infinite addicting scroll. This also appeals to a younger audience.
Overall, the national sites that have been provided to Milwaukee and the surrounding communities cater to many different audiences. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for, whether it be news, events, or some new art exhibitions. There is something for everybody.
9/16/2021 01:14:29 pm
Hi Alexis. I agree with you on how exciting it is to see these Milwaukee-based news websites extend to cities just beyond Milwaukee. As someone who grew up in a suburb just 10 minutes south of Milwaukee, I find that we are overlooked, & there's often events going on that are outside of Milwaukee as well. I kind of feel like the Milwaukee Record can be a little off putting, but I do like the satirical spin that the writers put in their news articles to make it feel less corporate.
9/19/2021 03:01:50 pm
I also liked seeing the stories about neighboring cities and all over Wisconsin. Many sites seemed to just focus on what was happening in Milwaukee.
9/19/2021 10:50:51 pm
I appreciate that you noted sources that were involving neighboring cities and communities to Milwaukee. It's nice that you touch on both formal aspects of the sources as well as what kind of content you might find. I'm curious about what you think about Milwaukee Record's 'satirical' approach to reporting.
9/20/2021 12:59:40 pm
I liked reading the observation about neighboring towns/cities, I didn't even realize that when doing my own research but you're absolutely right! I also enjoyed the little summary you provided at the end, wraps your thoughts up nicely.
9/20/2021 01:25:56 pm
I like your view on how it's not only just Milwaukee, but also the area around it. Your article setup is nice, I like how you decided to compare them all in one paragraph instead of splitting them apart! Good post!
9/20/2021 01:29:50 pm
Hi Alexis! I really enjoyed the approach you took with the reviews of these websites. Your introduction paragraph was wonderful and highlighted some things about the sites that I didn't even notice myself. Specifically the point about how these sites tell us about Milwaukee as well as neighboring cities. I saw some other comments pointed this out as well. Great job!
9/20/2021 01:46:57 pm
Nice landing page. I like that you talked about surrounding areas of Milwaukee and that you wrote an intro to flow into your review nicely.
9/20/2021 02:56:07 pm
Great landing page artwork and personal statement. It makes me want to spend time reading your reviews. Great knowledgeable reviews of the online newspapers with attention to format and content.
9/22/2021 03:21:08 pm
I really enjoy how personal you got in giving you own opinions on the websites as well as the beginning introduction, it really felt like a blog post. I like how you focused on the aesthetics and intended audiences of the pages, it was a good intro to what each site has to offer.
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Alexis Percival is a Milwaukee based illustrator currently attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and eating a muffin.