This week, one of the things we did in order to prepare for our Final Project 2 was look at two news packages which were all online sources. They were each from different sources and but both covered the same news topic, which was the rain and temperature weather records of December 2015.
“Weather records: December was ‘wettest month for UK'”.
Firstly, I looked at the source which came from the BBC news website. I noticed that this piece contained: the main article which was split into clear and orderly paragraphs; a video which outlined the weather records and where they occurred in the UK; a number of diagrams showing the statistics of the weather in areas of the UK. Another diagram shows a map of the areas of the UK which the floods and rain have hit the most.
However, the very first thing I saw as I clicked on the news article was a photograph showing what destruction that the rain and flooding has caused to a town it has hit. This is the only graphic photo that appears in the online report which is related to the whole aspect of it but a pro would be that it gives the reader a real image of what tragedy has occurred and allows a connection with the article. As a whole, I have found a number of pros to it which I feel are beneficial. For example, the photos are clear and the diagrams are easy to follow and understand. The main article features all the main points of what it’s trying to deliver to us and it features statistical data which is used to represent the amount of rainfall, flooding and warmth that has happened. A con, In my opinion, would be that it doesn’t contain enough video footage of the damage being caused or an audio report/video on the story. If this was present in the source, it would contain all the information and visual aspects of the report that the reader would be keen to know.
“December 2015 was the wettest since records began.”
This news article came from the Sky News online website and it has many similarities in comparison to the BBC News source. For example, just like with BBC News, the very first element I came across was a photograph showing the intense damage the flooding has caused to a town. The article is split into paragraphs which makes it easier to follow and are even split into sections, almost. For example, the first five or so paragraphs all tell statistics about the levels of rainfall, temperatures and even number of years since the last warmest December. This would be a pro in a way because it makes the report look ‘tidier’ but at the same time, it’s a con because it may be a little harder for the reader to catch them, especially since they’re all featured in five paragraphs in a row.
However, one major and probably most obvious difference and even pro in this article to the BBC News article is that this one has four videos in total which all show the damage being caused in motion but also what people are doing to help reduce the damage. A definite pro for these videos was that the audio from the person reporting was clear and understandable.
Having looked at both of these articles on the same news story, I’d say that they both share many similarities but also many differences with each other. But overall, I’d say that the BBC News report was more appropriate for reporting this issue because it contains a clear and orderly article in paragraphs; features diagrams to make the data more easier to understand and gives an audio/video which outlines which locations in the UK which are affected. It gives almost everything that any reader would expect from an online news article like this one.