The Guardian reports on breaking news through many different avenues. While the site is mainly divided into the news, sports, opinion, culture and lifestyle sections, it also covers the most recent, or breaking, news through mobile micro-blogging tactics like Twitter. While The Guardian’s London office also uses a Facebook page for news coverage, Twitter is by far its most efficient means of covering breaking news.
One of the most recent stories The Guardian efficiently reported on was a Venezuelan fire that killed 68 people in the cells of a police station. The Guardian tweeted about the tragic event at 6:19 a.m. and posted a video on the “Americas” tab of their world news section to describe the story in further detail.
This heart wrenching video added the visual component to the initial tweet and ultimately revealed the emotional toll the fire took on families and loved ones. The Guardian followed up with a written piece to accompany the video.
Overall, this unfortunate story was efficiently reported on first through Twitter. The simple act of mobile reporting got the news of what had occurred out in a timely manner. The Guardian later effectively added its visual and written components to the story.
Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that Facebook will be changing the way it shares data with third-party applications, according to a story written by Julia Wong of The Guardian.
Roughly 50 million American users had their personal data breached and shared with political consultancies, according to a report by the Observer. Zuckerberg additionally expressed in a Facebook post that this misuse of data was “a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it.” He acknowledged Facebook’s mistakes but reassured its users that the company had already made corrections to some of the rules that enabled the breach.
The scandal, mainly involving a UK third party called Cambridge Analytica, occurred as a result of certain Facebook policies from 2007 to 2014 that allowed third-party applications to obtain personal data about users and their connections. Although Facebook made a major effort to reduce the amount of access to such data in 2014, a Cambridge University researcher ended up extracting the personal data of roughly 50 million people and selling it to Cambridge Analytica.
Zuckerberg has promised to carefully examine the third party applications that had such access and to significantly reduce the amount of data access those applications receive when Facebook users use their profiles to get into these sites. Facebook has additionally promised to notify those whose data was exploited.
Overall, unless Zuckerberg and Facebook honor their assurances of protecting their users’ data and information, they could potentially experience a decrease in the number of people who use Facebook. This scandal, if not handled correctly and efficiently, could negatively affect the business side of this social media app.
This article delves into the issue of homeless life in California. Described from the perspective of Leilani Farha, a UN special reporter on adequate housing, the story reveals the extent to which the homeless situation has increased in San Francisco. Written by Alastair Gee, the story also reveals that 7,500 homeless people were counted in the city last year and that the city had installed numerous sheds housing about 35 people on patches of gravel. The photos displayed in the article ultimately give it a stronger emotional appeal. The desktop version, as compared to the mobile version, is definitely more effective.
An article that could’ve benefitted from more visuals was one that discussed Portland’s gentrification issue. Although the first photo below the headline and the second photo toward the middle of the story are visually appealing, The Guardian should’ve included maybe two or three more photos that furthered the reader’s understanding of how significant the issue is in Portland.