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Blog changes

Posted by Signe Trewyn on 29th September 2015

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Through the course of the week, I have looked at the NewsU course which gave me tips on how to improve my blog overall. There was one concept that allowed me to show my readers where to look. I have added more photos within my blog so that there are two photos for the reader to look at. There is also an order to my photos that allow the reader to read the text and see the photos in a way that flows which eases readability.

The second change I made was that I added another photo within my recent blog post in order to break up the article so that the reader is not overwhelmed with the text. I noticed in the NewsU course that it is encouraged to see the photos in order to understand the text they are reading. I added photos to the articles that appeared to be lengthy and the photos showed my opinion on what I read from the reader and my explanation of what I read. This way the ideas are separated and it is easier for me to read and not too much information at once.

The third change I made was I broke down the story about the New York Times into smaller chunks so that readers can read the story without having to scroll too far to get to the end of the post. The photo of the books also breaks up the post since it gives the reader a chance to focus on the photo and not on the text all at once. This way the story is presented in a way that is manageable. Chunks create a way for the reader to be introduced to the story.

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New York Times marks new milestone

Posted by Signe Trewyn on 21st September 2015

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Photo taken by Signe Trewyn. The above photo is of a computer cart which shows all of the possible search engines and all the clicks.

Why I find this interesting is there are many examples of headlines within the article that are good headlines that the people look at The New York Times wants people to read. This is 50 of its best work and that is why it is making its debut to its many readers. I myself read NY Times quite often since the majority of their headlines are top notch and interesting to me. NYT only made about 50 of its articles for free to readers though, which would limit the readers to only a few to those articles. The NY Times is giving its readers a bit of a reward for subscribing to the site. The most important part of this article is that New York Times made its content available to its readers is because they are celebrating the Time’s subscriber milestone. This means there have suddenly been so many visitors and so many subscribers NYT has reached an all time high.

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My opinion on this topic is that it is a good idea for NY Times to showcase their best work so that they can gain the most clicks. That way, their site can gain a large amount of traffic when readers find that there is good content to be read. By making it free, there can be a larger audience visiting the site as well as more comments on the material that is read. Users value content that is free and clickable, they can search NY Times and get content they can look at and engage with. This article is relevant to the class since the commentary this week focuses on headlines and which ones will get the most clicks. There is a list under the article showing which ones are being showcased.

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Google, Facebook and Apple speed up traffic

Posted by Signe Trewyn on 3rd September 2015

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Photo taken by Signe Trewyn, the photo represents a computer lab which makes me think of the Web and Facebook, Apple as well as Google, computers also represent how fast info can be distributed.

I found the article interesting because Google has a lot of traffic on it, and the news app will only increase the traffic. It also helps users keep track of what is important to them. I found it interesting since I think that Google should have thought of this idea a long time ago. So that the site could have gained more users early on. However, this app will increase users on Google since they will be sharing info about the app. This will draw more people to the app and the information. I also found this important since I’ve been learning about audience. The app will draw a larger audience to Google, users want to know about the app and they will be attracted to Google in order to download the app. They want the product to give them their news and the point is to get the app running so people can engage with it. Facebook is making an effort to move their Buzzfeed and contributing the content to Instant Articles so that people can read it right away.

My opinion on this topic is that it is a great example of how an audience is going to be built. Facebook is also in on this since it has a service that gives people the news very quickly and that is what I’ve been learning in this class, to draw an audience and do it with visuals and stories. This allows the social media site to a large number of users. News sites and search engines work hard to provide the best information in the fastest possible way.

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I question the assumption that “The Big Three” are responsible for these changes since the article only brings up the fact of Facebook, Google and Apple are revolutionizing their content. Snapchat is only briefly brought up, I wonder what other aspects of the Internet are doing. I want to learn more about what Apple is doing as well since it was only brought up briefly while the article was explaining how it gets its news info to the readers.
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