To help you prep for your midterm paper, we need some metrics by which to evaluate online news sites in the Web 2.0 environment. What makes a site stand out?
Take 15 minutes to read this post, follow the links to see examples, and come up with your own synthesis of what matters. How could you use this to critique the site you’re analyzing for the midterm?
Okay, Ready? My Coordinates for a Successful News Site (PressThink) … about this post, which first appeared here, a news exec said: “It comes as close as anything I’ve seen to a roadmap for the near future.”
(The focus here, of course, is news, and so if you’re looking at a non-news site, some of these won’t apply … and, yet, on another level they do — for all they’re all about engaging reader/participants in creating information that has timeliness, relevance, and value. So, what’s your case-study site doing to collaborate, contribute, create in a truly value-added way?)
- What key features make a news site “sticky” for you personally?
- Can you come up with some “coordinates” that might have gone missing from this list?
- To what extent could/should these ideas be applied to mobile platforms?
- How do these coordinates fit in the context of digital culture, Web 2.0, and the like?
- What could your target site learn from this?
Now, turn to your partner and for a couple of minutes tell ’em what’s working and what’s not with the site/blog/etc. that you’ve chosen for the midterm case study.
Then, post a quick synopsis in the comments section. That will help me see where you’re going with this assignment, and allow me to give you some feedback where needed. (Check back later today for my comments in reply.)