NewTrack Entry 1 : Initial Impressions of CNN.com

The online news website that I decided to track on is CNN.com. CNN is the main news website and television channel where I usually get my news. I am familiar with its layout, I like how they incorporate strong images and video content with equally adequate copy.

The CNN website is designed in a manner that is fairly easy to navigate and is regularly updated. There is a date and time in the left hand corner of the website just below the main links that indicates when the website was updated. Another notable feature of the CNN website is the “Live TV” Link located on the right side of the page. The video allows the viewer to quickly access the Live TV option that CNN has made available online.

Towards the bottom of the front page, the main categories of news are sectioned in a very organized and visually informative manner. Each category of news is sectioned in a box with a picture of the most prominent story and followed by bullet points of the next top stories.

One criticism that I have of this website is the TV & Video section that is towards the bottom of the page. It is the last main box that you can scroll to on the bottom of the page. When CNN comes to my mind, the first thing I think of is the videos and broadcasted stories. That being said, I feel that the emphasis of this section should be prioritized and pushed to the top of the page.

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