Harvard’s Good, the Cavalier’s Ok, But I Found Something Even Better
The Cavalier Daily’s masthead is big enough. It is clear that it is the title of the paper and not just another headline. However, I do not think that they make it clear enough that it is a college paper’s website or that it is the University of Virginia’s paper. In fact, I searched over the entire homepage and cannot find anything that names the association. Above the fold looks good, there are lots of pictures. However, as one scrolls down, the website becomes less and less interesting. There are clear divisions between the sections of stories, but there are NO graphics. It’s just text, text, and more text. Frankly, it doesn’t entice me to keep scrolling down or to click on any of the articles. I do like that they have a little section where you can see today’s print version of the paper. Harvard did not have that. This way readers can chose which format they prefer.
To bring in a third comparison though, take a look at The Flat Hat’s page. The Flat Hat has a large masthead in a fun font. It clearly says below the title of the paper that it is affiliated with William and Mary. They have the weather in the upper right hand corner, like many print newspapers would. It gives little blurbs of information about the longer article below the headlines, it intersperses pictures throughout the page to keep the reader interested. It divides the articles into sections. There is a newscast video for those who prefer watching/listening to the news. You can chose to view the print paper in a pdf format. There does seem to be fewer articles on their homepage, but I personally like it’s layout better than both The Cavalier’s and The Harvard Crimson's.
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