I recently compared stories on CNN.com and
MSNBC.com about the six Cuban plane crash survivors who were given permission to stay in the U.S. Both stories gave the same basic information, but presented them in different ways.
But one of the major downsides to the article on MSNBC.com was the addition of paid advertisements in the middle of the story. The site did add a photograph, a map and details about the downed plane. But the CNN.com article included several photographs and a video (available in several formats making accessible to more readers), without the bothersome ads.
The CNN article itself looks more like a hard news story and is written in more skillfully in the CNN.com article than in the MSNBC.com article.
Nearly 20 different sections of articles adorn the pages of the website. The site also offers analyses', in-depth featurettes and full-on features of certain issues. Dipping into the vast resources of the cable news giant, CNN.com also offers direct links to the affiliated sites including Time.com, CNN Sports Illustrated and CNNfn (financial news). The icing on the cake is the addition of free email that the site offers.
The Cuban crash victim article is a good example of what the articles on the CNN.com website are like. Unlike ABCnews.go.com and some other major news sites, it is a site that values substance over flash, while still offering the reader some interactive features. -Ryan Penagos