My NewsTrack was unique in the fact that I actually changed sites halfway through the semester. Going from Breitbart to Vice News was a major change, to say the least, but I’m glad I was able to do so.
Vice News, in terms of actual content, is leaps and bounds ahead of Breitbart. They do their own reporting, unlike Breitbart, which is solid and allows their stories to flesh out more so than some sites. Their articles, while not always hard-hitting news, are well written and tell stories people want to read, quirky or otherwise.
That being said, Vice News has its issues or difficulties.
So, for this last NewsTrack, I’m going to list some positives and negatives of Vice News.
1. Articles are Interesting
Vice News posts quirky or strange stories that you wouldn’t typically see at your run of the mill news outlet. They’re not afraid to get weird with a story if it goes down that road and that’s a good thing!
2. Good Video
Vice News actually has it’s own TV show on HBO and, more often than not, content posted on the site is referenced. Not everything is, but the bits that have a video counterpart are often linked to or embedded in relevant articles.
While their posts aren’t always the “biggest” news at every moment in time, they are very good at staying on top of things and pushing articles out while they are still relevant. Stories regarding current politics, especially, are often out quickly.
1. Difficult UI
Vice News clearly wanted to make their content easily accessible, but they didn’t do a very good job. There are very few categories to search through, and the site doesn’t even have a search bar. If you’re looking for something specific, you’re likely better off trying to find it through Google than scrolling through the website.
2. Boring Web Design
They went for a minimalist style when setting up the site, but I’m not sure if it was the best choice. Maybe it was at the time, but all things change and it’s about time Vice did as well; boring white and black isn’t going to draw readers into your site.
3. Lack of Photos/Graphics
Most Vice News articles are structured as so: the headline, a photo, the article itself and an accompanying video (if there was a relevant segment on the HBO show). Their lack of photos, visuals and graphics really hurt them and, I think, could have gone a long way in improving some stories.