The news that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s positive test for coronavirus broke on Friday afternoon.
Headline and Delivery
The headline from the ABC story was followed by related coverage and key points to the right. This may have been a good area to include a social media sharing option rather than at the end of the article. While photos and hyperlinks do break things up, the lack of headings does see sections such as the recounting of Dutton’s travels interspersed with other elements of the story, impacting on the overall delivery.
The ABC article covered all angles of the story, from Mr. Dutton’s personal Tweet revealing his positive test, to what it means for other Federal Government members such as the Prime Minister, and even to the Home Affairs Minister’s whereabouts following a recent trip to the United States. The related coverage and key words related to the unfolding spread of coronavirus aids search optimisation.
The ABC embedded many relevant facts of the unfolding pandemic, providing hyperlinks to recent Australian Government measures, individual retail chain policy and steps taken by overseas nations. As the reader gets towards the recount of Dutton’s recent travel diaries, these excessive hyperlinks do somewhat convolute the main point of the story. Information may get lost as the reader becomes overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information related to the story. Another thing lacking from the story is an embedment to Mr. Dutton’s Tweet to accompany the quotes and improve readability.