Ineffective Visual Journalism on the Internet: An International Approach

By Maria Bella Palomo.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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Conceptualizing and designing the news requires the best of art and information architecture. This article provides an overall view of new online patterns regarding news design by exploring how media websites display information on their homepages. The study analyzed ten worldwide references during the year 2013: bbc.co.uk (United Kingdom), clarin.com (Argentina), g1.globo.com (Brazil), repubblica.it (Italy), lemonde.fr (France), publico.pt (Portugal), ajw.asahi.com (Japan), theguardian.com (United Kingdom), elpais.com (Spain) and nytimes.com (United States). It can be concluded that editorial website design is both stable and obsolete: major trends in today's web design of online news media date from approximately 2006; the layouts are not innovative, and online newspapers have rendered the front page concept superfluous by creating "tombstoning" homepages. Before its redesign in 2014, the New York Times was considered one of the densest and most cluttered editorial sites on the Web. According to our data, its homepage was 22473 pixels in size, and contained more than two hundred news items. However, the size of the homepage or the number of news items it featured did not correlate with time spent by users on the website.

Keywords: Web Design, Online News, Visual Journalism, Internet, Participation

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.21-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 524.822KB).

Dr. Maria Bella Palomo

Professor, Department of Journalism, University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain