The online news story published in The New York Times provides the readers with a basic overview of the event. However, this online article is not exactly in line with the ‘Brevity’ principle of online journalism. The paragraphs of this article are generally long and too many words would cause the fact that some readers may have no intentions to read the whole article.
At the end of the article, the author mentioned that the Chinese government orders domestic news media not to report the accident of a high-speed train crash. In fact, this part of the contents has little relationship with the topic of the story and background theme. More importantly, it means that the author shows his negative perspective about China Orders Airlines to Ground All Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft by presenting the negative event of media blackout in China. However, news writing should be unbiased and leave room for readers to judge the news themselves.
Moreover, the article lacks hyperlinks and supplementary images to provide adequate background information to help readers understand the severity of the accident. Some information that was left out such as the death toll, which makes it hard for new audiences to gauge the destructiveness of the accident. This undermines the potential safety risks of Boeing 737 max 8 aircraft which influences readers’ perspective on China Airlines’ decision to ground all aircraft of the same model. However, through the inclusion of more images, videos or hyperlinks, users can gain a more in-depth understanding of the event, allowing them to make more rational judgments.