Journalism is one of the most influential and powerful institutions on the planet. So when Spotlight won the Oscar for Best Picture, it was a huge victory not just for the film, but for journalism as well. Journalists are there to tell life’s untold stories and is the main bridge between readers and the world. It was truly a monumental day not just in America, but across the entire planet.
Meanwhile, across the pond on Monday morning, readers and subscribers of The Guardian – London, one of UK’s most reputable news organizations, read about how fire crews trained for emergencies and about floating solar farms. Not one word was mentioned about Spotlight winning an Oscar. In fact, the award show itself wasn’t even given a story.
Twitter followers of the The Guardian’s UK News section remained in the dark…as they have for 714 days. That’s how long it’s been since the site tweeted.
The United States section of The Guardian’s website had plenty of Oscar coverage and it was very comprehensive, but it was appalling not to see any hint of care from the UK website.
It’s unfortunate that The Guardian – London doesn’t share more American news. Even though it’s readers and the site are more concerned with what happens in the city of London, events in America have an effect on the United Kingdom as well.
Although the Oscars might not have as profound an effect as a presidential campaign, the same movies are shown in England and British film fans still focus on the American awards shows just as Americans focus on the UK’s. It’s rare to see any U.S. news on The Guardian – London anymore, and frankly, it’s unbelievabl
Online Journalism has its advantages over traditional journalism in that you can use multiple forms of media to tell a story. One way many media outlets are turning to for sharing a story is video. The Guardian – London uses video frequently to deliver the news.
One recent story that used video was about London Mayor Boris Johnson’s father talking with BBC about his son’s decision to back Brexit as an attempt to increase his chances of becoming prime minister. The story was a way to tease a BBC Radio Interview along with two other articles about the situations.
By using video of the most important line in the interview, not only did The Guardian draw an audience for that particular story, but for the other two articles linked to the description and the interview itself. This story is effective in getting the message across.
One story that probably would have been more effective with video is a feature entitled What Really Goes on in The City of London. By utilizing video, it would have been better at showing readers what does happen in London. The feature itself is very well written and was published with a separate photo gallery. However, instead of photos, video could have been much more effective than still pictures.
While the presidential campaign race rages on in America, politics in London are about to get interesting. As the London mayoral election approaches, one man, Prince John Zylinski, seems to be the most fiery candidate.
The property developer whose family was uprooted in Poland during World War II, Zylinski entered the news back in April 2015, when he challenged fellow politician Nigel Farage to a swordfight duel in Hyde Park.
His election to mayor would be beneficial to Londoners as they endure a housing crisis, which is one of the biggest recurring stories in The Guardian – London.
The story about Zylinski was published as a Sunday feature, appearing on the site at 6:00 p.m. GBT. The time which this story was published might detract from the viewership of such a well-written article. The feature is a perfect combination of comedic analysis and factual evidence.
Another big news item that hit The Guardian – London website this week concerned the group of Heathrow runway protesters being sentenced to prison time for their actions. While protesting the construction of a new runway at London’s Heathrow Airport, protesters trespassed on a live runway and chained themselves to a rail.
The #Heathrow13, as they are being named, are expected to be sentenced to prison, which is outraging citizens. The stories about this incident have popped up recently, and as the trial extends, it is expected that more will be hitting the website soon.
— Daniel Shulman (@GlobeDanShulman) February 10, 2016
For Londoners, sports have been an increasingly growing phenomenon. Football in England has been popular since the late 1800s when the first clubs were formed. That’s the real football. American football has recently poured into English interest, and with multiple games being played at London’s Wembley Stadium every year, the NFL is becoming big overseas.
So naturally, when the biggest football game of the season comes around, this would pique the interest of Londoners, right? Wrong.
The Guardian – London, in the week leading up to the Super Bowl had an alarming lack of coverage, publishing a total of zero sports stories over the week. Topics such as “London Cabs vs. Ubers” and “A Bus Explosion Staged for a Movie” got week-long popularity, but nothing was said about the Super Bowl.
On game day, when there should have been a preview story or something to tell Londoners about the Super Bowl, there was nothing related to the game on the dockett. The following Monday, there were no recaps, scores, highlights, or mentions of the game at all.
The lack of coverage from The Guardian – London was alarming and very disappointing. What might the reasons for the complete lack of coverage be?
Well, for starters, kickoff the Super Bowl was at 11:30 p.m. in London, much to late for any morning stories. There were no London links to players in the actual game. And finally, the website is more of a hard news outlet than a sports website.
Given all these reasons, it is still unbelievable that The Guardian – London had a lack of Super Bowl coverage. Especially when London-based band Coldplay was performing in the half-time show for the first time, premiering a song off their new album.
The Guardian – London had a disappointing week of coverage for the Super Bowl.
The website I have been given to monitor for the semester is The Guardian – London. Publishing only about five stories a day, the website focuses on big events happening in the city of London. The website’s layout is very reader-friendly and incorporates easy-to-read highlights along with photos of the article.
In terms of multimedia, The Guardian incorporates several podcasts into its coverage of London news. The podcasts vary in subject and have a running time of about 45 minutes. The podcasts are designed to appear easier to readers in headline view. Normal news stories are in white while podcasts are in black. One podcast is about books and is hosted by Amy Liptrot and Emily Chappell. Featuring an introductory article, the podcast about books is quaint and features an image of Stonehenge.
There is usually one multimedia item (i.e. podcasts, videos) per day on the website. Videos are a critical part of the way The Guardian reports news. Videos are of all different lengths. One recent video featured protesters hosting a “die-in” for refugees at Pancras station in London. The video is short and effective at telling the story to readers, showing exactly what protesters were doing, from marching to the actual event and even some chants.
The website recently employed a color coding method to make it easier for readers to explore content. This helps to drive traffic for certain stories as well. Since there are just a few stories published every day, color-coding makes it more practical for readers to identify what each story is.
Features show up in dark-pink and are prevalent throughout the website. Four to five features are published each week and their popularity varies depending on topics. Two features were published on January 23. One focused on how politicians pawned the world’s rich, and that received 413 comments and was shared over 2,000 times on social media. The other feature took a look at photos of Jimi Hendrix. This one received only 16 comments and just 802 shares on social media. Had they perhaps spaced out the features by just one day, they each would have enjoyed more success.
Compared to other media, The Guardian published fewer articles, but is more concerned with features and the big stories rather than focusing on every little piece of news. The website is very user friendly and provides a great layout for readers to enjoy taking a look at some of London’s biggest news.