I have grown to fall in love with parts of The Philadelphia Inquirer and their online website Philly.com but I also have grown to dislike parts of it as well. As a result I start by asking, will this love-hate relationship last, or will it soon end and simply turn into love, because I certainly don't want to hate it.
1.) The color red:
The first thing I notice about a website, blog, app for a phone or iPad etc. is the layout and color scheme. In order to read a story I need to be able to concentrate, but with Philly.com I am continuously distracted by all of the red. It is on the tabs, on the right with the advertisements, the color red is every and anywhere on the website. This is logical as red is the color for the Philadelphia Phillies, but it is incredibly distracting to the reader. I have attempted to grow accustom to the color but it makes the website look messy and outdated unlike cnn.com or nytimes.com. These websites are clean, sharp looking news sources of which philly.com could take a lesson from.
2.) Page layout:
The page layout is confusing and does not do the journalism justice. It is chaotic and distracting. I find my eyes are immediately looking at the advertisements above and to the right of the main article on the left hand side instead of the actual content. This may be something that I am annoyed by, but as a news source I find consumers want to easily see and read information, not hunt for it.
1.) Photo galeries:
Do you love photos? I love photos. Better yet, I love photos that tell a story and philly.com has a whole section devoted to photo illustrations. The Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride 2011 was devoted to promote environmental consciousness, cycling advocacy and positive body image. I have not encountered an array of photo galleries with such diversity like Philly.com and I am very impressed and enjoy it.
Philly.com is a great source for information. Over the past days I have found well written news stories that have great reporting. They are informative and to the point, exactly how I like my news to be. For example, the article I stumbled upon Sat. Sept. 5 was titled, "Mayor Nutter takes church pulpit on teen mobs," by Darran Simon. The to the point article summarized the issue, terrorizing teens, and Nutter's point of view, for the teens to leave and stop the violence. It was a quick, informative read.
On the other hand they can be long yet still hold your interest such as " South Jersey 9/11 Survivor Still Wonders Why He Lived" by Tom Infield. This article was accompanied by photos and a video which made the story more enticing. Both variations of articles are equally as appealing and are nice to have from the same news source.
What is a "dealyo?" Anyone feel free to answer this question as I would love to know the true definition. After investigating this tab on the website I was intrigued. This appears to be something that is unique to Philly.com and the culture of Philadelphia. This slang makes the news source stand out and give it a personal feel and local attraction than a large corporate news organization such as The New York Times, USA Today or Miami Herald.