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.