Tiangong-1 Crash: What Huffpost Failed to Tell

Short analysis of Huffpost's report on the Tiangong 1 crash

On 2nd April, 2108, China’s first space station Tiangong-1 re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere without control. The Huffingtonpost Post Australia Edition made a report on it and I’d like to do an analysis based on the report.


The report is 345 words long and it spent the 3rd and 4th paragraphs to introduce the mission of JFSCC which is irrelevant from the event itself. I think the writer could put more attention on the process of the crash, the potential influence to Australia and the environment and the reason of the uncontrolled crash.

Also, the video provided on the top of the story is invalid. It shows “This video is restricted from playing in your location.” I tried different browsers and from different IPs but the results remain the same. I suppose the writer should provide a valid video to readers.

I think it could be better if the writer can also provide a clearer geographic picture of the landing location, instead of quoting a twitter which contains a screenshot from US Dept of State Geographer. As a person who isn’t familiar with geography, I failed to identify the location.


There’s a side bar on the left to encourage repost, and it shows how many times the article has been reposted. It could be encouraging if the number is big, but it could have the opposite effect if the number is small. And also, I can’t find the comment area.

There are more improvement that could be made and I’ll analyse more in the essay.

Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2018/04/02/chinese-space-station-adrift-for-years-plummets-to-earth_a_23401116/

1 Comment

  1. Interesting observations Chen. It would have been good if you provided an embedded link to the story – ie as part of a link phrase rather than a full URL. The geo-blocking of video from HuffPost US occurs because you are not a subscriber to that publication.I also had no problem identifying the (rough) location in the image attached to Jonathon McDowell’s tweet. Also as a journalist, I think the story structure is fine, giving a small amount of background on the space station’s history. Certainly the author could have taken a different angle, exploring the environmental impacts of space junk but this is breaking news, created with the assistance of news agency reports. Don’t forget to add keyword links to your posts.

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