Blog 1 - First Steps
To start of with, I took a look at a couple of different sites (OnMilwaukee, Shepherd Express, and the Vulture) that looked at cultural news and explored some of how they are composed. For the most part, I focused on the formal construction of the pages. Taking a brief overview of some articles, I made notice that there is typically relevant imagery or video included throughout the piece, both giving visual context and splitting up the text. In many cases, there were also quotes highlighted outside of the main body text, such as one would typically find in traditional written articles. I also found that a lot of them are not particularly long; not saying they are particularly short either, though.
Then, looking more at the content itself, I found that much of the writing is not necessarily factual information but often opinionated. This may not be true for every article on these sites, but true for many. There are, of course, still factual statements given throughout the articles, but it is a mix of fact and opinion. In some cases, the article would also recount first person experiences (i.e., something watched – a movie for example – or something experienced – maybe a concert). So, overall, there were a few key points I found between the articles/sites I explored and a few points as to how they differ from typical news articles/sites.
9/16/2021 12:43:55 pm
Hi Jordan, I like how you focused on the formal construction of the pages. I think that the overall construction of a news article/news website is important because of how it affects the readers ability to understand and be submerged within the article.
9/18/2021 02:59:25 pm
This is very short and sweet just like on the websites that you mentioned. I noticed a lot of the same things you did, but I failed to take note that a lot of the articles were more opinion based.
9/19/2021 02:53:12 pm
Hey, I like how you compared and contrasted the different sites and how you could find the similarities between all of them. That was difficult for me to look back on all of them at the same time and see where they had been the same or different. Mainly because of how many there were and how similar they were already.
9/19/2021 10:04:14 pm
I appreciated that you note how articles are opinionated, but have factual information given. I also like that you note the first-person experiences some of these article offer.
9/20/2021 12:27:26 pm
I like how you addressed the formal writing aspects of the different news sites, I didn't even think of that when writing my own notes. It's so interesting to see how differently each article is constructed compared to each other!
9/20/2021 12:30:16 pm
nice blog post, Jordan. i also really like your home page.
9/20/2021 01:02:40 pm
I agree with a lot of the comments already posted. I like how you mentioned that each site seemed to have a blend of fact and opinion. I think that makes the articles a bit more interesting then them being all one or the other. I am curious to know more about the specific articles you read and what drew you to them. Do you like that most of the authors insert their own opinions, or would you prefer more a list of facts to get informed.
9/20/2021 01:13:15 pm
Nice post-- you did a good job of making it concise and to the point, which is good for blogs! A good overview of all the sites.
9/20/2021 01:39:03 pm
Nice post. I like that yours was shorter so it felt like I was reading a blog review directly on an online magazine's website.
9/20/2021 02:15:23 pm
I'm also more interested in factual information than mere commentary.
9/22/2021 02:54:59 pm
I enjoyed this post and thought your language used was very straight forward and easy to digest. Good first post! I also really like your heading image!
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Illustration major with an interest in video games and anime.