In recent weeks, the United Nations (UN) reached a massively important multilaterally-approved agreement to protect 30% of the planet’s open oceans known as the high seas. With regard to this article, I would argue that, the piece produced The Independent is a poor example of online journalism.
Beginning on a purely aesthetic-level, the images paired with the article are not terribly compelling. The article is discussing the high seas and alludes to the global migration of certain species of animals and I think they could have done a better job conveying that rather dynamic biological experience, visually.
The links in the article are poorly done as they take you directly to a different amalgamation of articles that broadly contain that word highlighted on The Independent’s website rather than opening to a new browser tab. This is poor execution as it takes the reader away from the tab they were currently reading and doesn’t allow the reader to stay on the page and return easily to the original article.
If the goal is to keep readers on the site for longer, two open tabs on the site is certainly a smarter way to achieve this.
Also, regarding the links, they are largely broad hyperlinks that lead to a confusing and generalized swath of Independent articles. Links include words like “New York” or “Georgetown” rather than links to other articles citing previous work or similar articles. They also don’t link to the source of their quoted experts in the article, which feels unchecked and unresearched.
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