Evaluation

Evaluation

 

In the first stages of creating an idea for this major project I knew I wanted to create something for a niche market. The reason being is because the smaller the market the less likely that the idea has already been done. I immediately thought that student journalists like myself would be a great niche market as it can be difficult to get your foot in the door.

 

The idea of creating a website I thought was a great idea as journalism is becoming more online and therefore more interactive. After pitching the idea to my tutors they to thought it was a good idea and they was a conversation about it possibly being used as a central hub for the students on my course.

 

As I have researched other news websites I had a clear mind on how the website should function and how it should look to denote a news website. I am very happy with the overall style of my website and the fact that through researching drags and drop website hosts I managed to find one that cost me £10 for the whole year.

 

Speaking of functionality I thought about my user feedback which Christopher Kelly mentioned to be about the confusion between the menus and I have now rectified this problem. I now see the confusion that having a button for two different navigational purposes could have had on users of my website. I am now fully happy with the functions of my website.

 

I think that the website as a whole looks good as an imitation news website. I think that it has a student feel to it also. The pages which host the articles are mimics of actual news outlets article layouts. Therefore I know that the design works as it is tried and tested on main stream news outlets daily.

 

Unfortunately, although I tried to receive articles from other places of education my attempts failed.  After sending numerous emails and speaking in person to media and English teachers no one emailed me with their articles despite promises from the tutors. However, at the time when I was emailing the tutors I could not provide them with what my website looks like as it was not finished. Next time, I will make sure that the website is finished before asking people to contribute. I believe that it was a bad move on my behalf not to have it finished sooner. I also think I would have had a lot more articles that what I have now if I had have finished the website earlier than what I did.

 

However, my website still has a very large collection of articles from the students on my course in all three years that I am very pleased about. I am very happy that nearly all the students wanted to contribute to my website as they liked me idea in general.

 

One of my services that I offered was to amend articles if they was offensive or needed editing for spelling or grammar. However, I have not had to do this yet as I expected because the articles where given to me by other student journalist who should have a good knowledge of grammar and spelling.

 

If I was to go over the entire process again there are certain aspects that I would do again, given more time. The section on the front page which is about journalistic apps I would ask the owners if I could include links within my websites and possibly ask students to review the apps themselves so other students have more than just my word that they were useful.

 

I would take the photographs myself rather than using some royalty free ones courtesy of GoDaddy.

 

All in all, given the time frame I was given I think to produce a fully functioning website with documentation I think my website is good in general. But, I also think that if more time was given I would have been able to publicise my website more than what I have done. I managed to post it up on the social media websites Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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Feedback/User Testing

Christopher Kelly – after visiting the website, I thought that the website would be more user friendly if the subheadings in the menu didn’t display all the subcategories. This is because it diverts your attention from the fact you can click one and it takes you to a page that has all the articles on it.

If Jade did not tell me that you could click the sub heading itself I don’t think I would have clicked on them at all.

 

I also pointed out that the heading ‘Contact Us’ was to broad, I suggest changing it to submit your article as it is more direct.

 

Christopher Valentine – Presentation
The colour scheme for your website is great. The red white and black come together to create a vibrant contrast and all the writing stands out really well. The decision to go with a lead story and three supporting stories on the home page was a great idea, and as a result the site looks clean and easy to navigate.

Content
The articles that have been curated and presented as of this moment are really good. They give a clear indication about both Hull as a city and pop culture in general at the moment. When all the drop down menus at the top of the site are full of news items the site will look busy. This is a good thing as long as the newest content is always well managed.

Conclusion
I really like this website. While the title of it may be slightly cheesy, it works…well. Like really well. I can see it going far if a strong level of dedication to it is maintained.

 

Stevie Rial- Hi Jade website looks good, like the title for the site, one comment regarding colours clashing is on the headers menu where the black text doesn’t seem clear on the red background, layout of site is good, top website overall.

How I will collect the articles

As I am a student at the Hull School of Art and Design there are several journalism students that attend there. I have approached the first year, second year and third year students and asked them if they would like to submit any articles to the website.

 

The students were really on board with the idea of a website to show their professional work. They have all sent me numerous amounts of work to post onto the website which is brilliant. I can now go and show the website to other places of education with people’s actual work on the website.

 

Originally, I did plan to visit other places of education to approach aspiring journalists. However, I received an email from my tutor about st Marys College and Wyke College.  Some students from these two colleges have been invited to see what our journalism course is all about. So I thought this is a perfect opportunity and targets the journalism students.

 

On the two days that these students came in, I did. I helped them with the work they had been assigned and explained about my idea for a journalismnews sandwich poster website run by students. I gave the tutors of both groups my email address and they assured me that they would send me some work over to put onto my website.

 

Prior to seeking journalism students I have decided to make an email up so that people can directly email me their work. The email address has the same name as the website news-sandwich@hotmail.com . There is now  a page on the website under the heading contact us.

 

A form then pops up giving you the option to send me an email or an attachment straight to news-sandwich@hotmail.com.

 

In terms of advertising I have created a poster and put it up around the college and town encouraging people to send me their articles or get in touch if they want to send me any work.

The Design

The heading of the website I have put in red intentionally.  I think that the different shades of red are very typical of the BBC and make my website look serious and professional.  The colour red seems to contrast really well with the white logo and the menu.

 

When someone looks at my news website they will notice that it is a news website straight away from the stylistic choices of the heading, as well as the website being called News-Sandwich, it couldn’t really be more obvious what the site is used for.

 

Every news website that I have researched has a menu and a search bar, so, I integrated this into my website.  I felt like it would make my website appear professional as it helps the users navigate around the website. When a website runs smoothly the user takes voyeuristic pleasure in using it. If a website doesn’t navigate smoothly, the chances of people returning to use your website are very limited. Therefore, I think this aspect of the website is extremely important.

 

Notice how the words in the menu are also white; I did this so it coincides with the title of the website.

 

Through researching news outlets, I noticed that The Hull Daily Mail and SKY News both have a larger segment dedicated to, what they think is the top news story. I like this idea because it shows the readers what it the top circulating news; through this your readers are more aware and knowledgeable about what the important news of the day is. Although, my news website doesn’t deal with breaking news as such at the moment, it could do in the future. So, the idea of presenting the biggest news story of my website larger than the rest is a great idea.

 

As you can see from the screen shot, I have made the image a lot larger in comparison to the other smaller news stories; this is to stress the importance of the story to the readers. I have also used a grey box to highlight the beginning of the story; I have done this to attempt to draw in the reader so that they engage with the stories on the front page of the website.

 

Underneath the top story I have placed three other stories on the front page. I have made the images and text smaller to the main story to emphasise that they have less significance than the top one but still are significant because they have made the front page.

 

I have also separated these news stories using a thin grey line; I chose grey because it matches the boxes that contain the writing on the front page.  The Telegraph also uses this technique on their news website.

 

The news story titles I have put in black. I have done this because it is the opposite of white and looks better on a white background. It also shows that the name of the website (In white) is important, almost as important as the content because that is the name of the brand.

 

To further separate the content on the front page, I have used a different colour grey to separate the news style content for lifestyle stuff such as cheap eats etc… This is located on the right side of the website under ‘Editors choice’; these are a collection of quirky articles by the students. A collection of the ones that are my personal favourites. I think this gives the website a bit of a student feel.

 

Another feature of the website is the ‘read on’ buttons that are located next to each article on the front cover. I have used a brighter red than the heading of the website. The reason behind this is stylistically the colour still fits in with the theme. But, the button is very noticeable to the reader and they can clearly see where they need to navigate to so they can read more of the article.

 

 

 

 

The red box on the left hand side of the website isn’t really used within news websites; usually they have a separate page to explain what they are all about. However, I feel the need to make what the website is all about abundantly clear on the front page, this way people fully understand what sort of website they have accessed.

 

Again, I have used a similar red to the heading so that the colours work well together with the style of my choice and also, I have used the lines again to break up the sections within the explanation of the website.

 

Located on the right hand side is a segment of the website entitles ‘Student Features’. This part of my website I am using for secondary sources. I am going to update it weekly with useful apps that people can download on their iphones or smart phones to help them make their journalism portfolio brilliant.  As well as apps I am also going to put links to media job websites and websites that help students save money.

 

I feel that this section will make the website have a further student feel and encourage students to look into their portfolio with seriousness.

News websites

Creating a website – Layout

 

To create a website that targets trainee journalism students, the main aim, I find, is to stick to a similar style of news websites. Therefore, I have looked at the styles of some popular news outlets websites.

 

Straight away you can tell that the style is very clean and fresh from the white background and the sheer minimisation of the content. Although there is a lot of content which is set out uncluttered on purpose. I believe that this is in aid of not confusing the reader and to in a sense tell them what to read.

 

The use of pictures and videos next to the article is very typical of news websites. It gives the reader a visual option as opposed to reading the article straight away. I think this is a very good idea for a website as it lets the reader choose what they want to read from the top news stories. Somebody could just visit the website to read a specific article and they would know which one it is just from the visual option.

 

Moving on to the heading of the website, you can see that the colour choice used is a variety of reds. This is also very typical of news based websites. It instantly makes the reader realise that they have come to the right website. Other features of the heading include the menu. The menu breaks up all the categories of news that the BBC cover. I think that this makes the function of the website extremely user friendly.  As well as the search bar. I believe these two items are key to include so that the users of the website can find what they want quick and easy.

 

As you can see, this website is incredibly similar to the BBC website and has the same functions. I think that I should carry on this news style theme with my website.

 

Sky News’ website differs a little from the BBC and The Hull Daily Mails, but, it still has exactly the same functionality. The colour scheme is just slightly braved and differing from the house style of news websites.

 

The Telegraph is much like the SKY News website in the sense that it is brave with it is colour scheme.  Barring this, it still functions the same as the other four news websites I have researched. Although the audiences slightly differ they all work the same way.