Once you go past ABCnew.com's glam and advertisements, and you will see many updated headlines. Web users today want information that's quick and easy to obtain. The news articles provide a summarized glimpse of the news, but also allow the viewer to obtain the whole story. The "Whitewater's End" headline in allows the viewer to read a summarized version of the story, unlike its competitor MSNBC.com where you don't know what you are about to read or if it's worth your time.
ABCnews differs from other news websites by the way it captures the viewers attention. Colors of blue, yellow, red and white brighten up the site, and flashing advertisements surround the border.
Message boards, videos, surveys, and plenty of links seem to jump right off the screen. Also, interactive options about the headlines may be discussed between the viewer and other members on-line.
Other news websites, such as The New York
Times, have more of an old journalism feel as its approach on stories, such as the Whitewater scandal, are dry and formulated. Plus, you have to search throughout the website for the abuzz discussion section.
ABCnews.com may be full of colorful headlines and more viewer friendly, but when it comes to trustworthiness and fairness the public might turn to the popular newspaper.
But if discussions and communication with other viewers are important, than ABC news would provide more options. -Erin Kuch