Buzzfeed’s coverage of the Christchurch shooting feels cluttered

Buzzfeed News reports on the Christchurch shooting

I am following the coverage of the shooting at Christchurch New Zealand, analysing the approach of Buzzfeed News. Their article, “Dozens Killed After Mass Shootings at Mosques in New Zealand,” presents both strong and weak points.

DEVELOPING STORY

The first thing I noticed is that Buzzfeed has published this as a “developing story,” with an animated blinking marker on top of the headline to note this.

Source: Buzzfeed News

I think this is a good interactive approach, especially for the reader, who will be able to see the whole story unfold just by scrolling.

However, I find it a bit disarming when the order of the stories is presented in reverse-chronology. Not all readers are keeping up with the story in real time, so this presentation can be quite confusing.

WHAT WE KNOW

A good facet is that Buzzfeed starts the entire piece with a bullet point summary of “What we know so far,” giving readers the opportunity to get a basic overview.

Source: Buzzfeed News

 

WHAT’S THE BUZZ AROUND IT?

Buzzfeed also borrows a lot of content from social media, hyperlinking tweets from relevant people on the topic.

Source: Buzzfeed News

However, I find that this aspect feels a little cluttered, as some of the tweets seem unnecessary and hardly give any insight into the investigation.

Source: Buzzfeed News

Such as these sentiments of well-wishes from sports teams.

Source: Buzzfeed News

While the tweets give dimension to the story, it doesn’t feel like they are urgent for me to know as a reader.

CAPTION THIS

They can afford to cut out unnecessary information, and instead focus on providing an in-depth investigation on the suspects, the attack, and more-so, its victims. I think the story fails to provide this, as even a series of photos that have been released fail to be captioned and provide context.

 

About Kara Ortiga 1 Article
A journalist from the Philippines trying to keep up with the times. Currently taking her Master in Digital Communication and Culture at the University of Sydney. Contact her at @karaortiga.

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