Suspected Austin Bomber Dead – Major News Story Analysis

A near perfect delivery of a breaking news story

I chose to analyse the breaking news story of Austin Bomber who was dead after a confrontation with the police by HuffPost.

At first glance, the news article ticks off some of the must-have lists of an online news story. It has a clear and concise title with big fonts, followed by subheading that identifies the suspect age and name. It provides the full name of each reporter and bullet points that pinpoint the highlight of the story.

The news story provides a video at the beginning, although HuffPost did not make the video itself but rather outsourced from another news site. The video was not auto-playing and works well both on PC and mobile (smartphone and tablet).

The news story provides options for sharing the story on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and e-mail. The news story provided a lot of links to validate the source of the story.

The news story utilises direct quotes from witnesses and police sources. However, they did not offer subheading which could make the reader lost while reading and bored. Somehow they use a picture as the subheading that differentiates the section in between the story. The images were clear and had a high resolution. The pictures were also accompanied by a detailed caption.

One thing that could improve the overall experience of reading this story is a comment section. HuffPost did not provide one, which I believe is a weakness since the readers could not discuss the story.

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2 Comments

  1. You’re right – this is a terrific piece of news coverage, with extensive background detail. Your post make salient, accurate observations and showed good use of tags

    A few thoughts for your analysis:
    – Rather than choosing “HuffPost” as your link phrase, how about HuffPost “news about the Austin Bomber” – words which more people might search for?
    – Also please set your links to open in new tabs [see my slide from this week on use of the link settings icon]
    – On opening this story to comments – what did you imagine people would talk about? It would be unlikely for any editor to open comments on a crime story as comments could have legal repercussions for any future trial. They are also likely to be angry and inflammatory, so wouldn’t enable a civil discussion…if one could be had on this topic.
    A couple of other observations.
    – Even though the reporter bylines are linked to short biographies, it’s not clear that the names are links as they are in a plain dark grey bold font, with no green underline as is standard elsewhere in the story. Most people wouldn’t know they could click on them.
    – Most links in this story are really well attributed – except “25 minute confession”. This doesn’t lead us to what authorities said – but what journalist Nick Valencia tweeted about it. So the attribution of the link is wrong. The attribution should say: Journalist Nick Valencia tweeted that authorities have found…
    – Finally, your feature image needs a caption. It should say something like – Image: HuffPost

    • Thank you, Fiona, for the constructive feedback.

      The reason why I criticise the need of comment section is that in the other media that I choose this story to compare to, The Washington Post, provide a comment section, and it gained around 7000 comments.

      It opens up discussion surrounding the event, the profile of the assailant and the motive. I think it’s important especially for the local people of the area to express their concern and discuss it there as the story develops.

      As for the report profile link, I didn’t know we can access it until you said it. Amazing observation! Like you said it’s not clear and they need to change it.

      I also agree with the 25-minute confession link; it can be deceiving for the reader. It feels like they are trying to catch reader’s attention by making a clickbait sentece/wording.

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