Journalism’s Ménage à Trois

Blog

In this steamy journalistic love affair, we have three players: The New York Times, The Washington Post and Buzzfeed.

The New York TImes' homepage is organized and comprehensive for reader's.

The New York TImes’ homepage is organized and comprehensive for reader’s.

The NYT’s homepage is the crème de la crème for transitioning from print journalism to online journalism. It wrote the how-to-guide for every other newspaper breaking into this new platform of media.

If we dissect the website, there are several menu bars—that just make sense. That may sound ambiguous but consider something like Gawker. Top stories are on the left and article run by sections called “We Are All Sorry” or “Penguins,” but no menu bar.

Buzzfeed uses as few words as possible, letting gifs and images do the heavy work.

Buzzfeed uses as few words as possible, letting gifs and images do the heavy work.

The NYT also gives readers a virtual version of today’s paper. Reader friendliness is the key.

The less attractive, not as popular Post emulates the NYT with a convenient layout. While giving very similar content as the NYT, the Post lived it’s glory days under Woodward and Bernstein’s byline.

Enter the dark horse of online media—Buzzfeed. While nowhere near the NYT or the Post’s prominence in what would be considered “journalism,” Buzzfeed creates its own genre.

Its humorous headlines and list format is catered to audiences with short attention spans and an eye for gifs. That’s not exactly a small majority of today’s generation.

Buzzfeed is the snarky younger brother of the NYT and the Post. It gets all the ladies but the question is: can it sustain the turbulence in media like the NYT and the Post?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s