Welcome to my first of many blog posts and news responses! Normally, I’ll be responding to an article every week that discusses or reports on some element of media or technology. For this first post, however, I’m just outlining my sources for these future posts, and why I chose them.
One of my primary sources is going to be the New York Times. World-renowned and internationally consumed, the Times has thorough, constant coverage of every possible area of interest. Though not without its imperfections, the Times is a critical and reputable player in the World news arena.
The second source I will be reading thoroughly this semester is BuzzFeed News. I think that BuzzFeed is an important news source for a few reasons. First, it is generational. Based on personal observation, today’s young people, namely Millennials, are active participators in the news. However, they are generally getting their day-to-day news from sites like BuzzFeed, that are able to snag their attention with other enticing content. BuzzFeed is a critical source to examine because it is a primary supplier to an entire generation. Second, and consequentially, it is targeted. BuzzFeed’s target audience differs from that of the Times, which is immediately obvious just by its presentation and appearance. Opposite the Times Online’s black-and-white, small headings, and smaller font, BuzzFeed’s page is colorful and bold, and utilizes bright graphics, visuals, and even Emojis in its titles and news feed. Thus, BuzzFeed is important to examine because of the people it works to reach, and it is critical to study the way it reports its news, as it must be inherently linked to its target market.
Taking a comparative look at these two sources over the course of the semester will allow for a heightened awareness of discrepancies in the news, as well as a deeper understanding of both why these discrepancies occur, and what they may hope to accomplish.