BBC News Website and Social Media


    Social media is vital to online journalism. The BBC News website realizes the importance of social media and uses it in all of it’s articles. Every article has a share option to Twitter and Facebook. There is an option to email the article to anyone, including yourself. The biggest part is the ‘Share’ button, which allows you to share the article to a variety through a variety of sites. Some of these sites are Google +, Linkedin and Reddit. Some of these sites are more known that others, but the BBC News website includes them anyway.

    Live coverage of events always have ‘live tweeting’ going on at the same time. This would be seen in a Twitter bar to the side of the live footage and this would show reactions and updates over Twitter to the event. The BBC has multiple Twitter accounts for the various areas it covers, such as BBC News (UK) and BBC Breaking News. There is also a bar with a number next to the sharing options back on the main website near the article and this number represents the times the article has been shared.

     The BBC also hosts talks called “Roundtable”, which operate though the radio program. These are held in a Google Hangout-style video chat and often include a BBC reporter and a few experts. Sometimes one or two average people with opinions or some involvement in the matter will be included. I don’t see them talking to much to their followers on Twitter, but I don’t notice other news agencies doing it either. I would like to see more interaction, but I believe the BBC is doing well in the areas of social media. 


BBC News Site Critique

BBC’s website is and is a favorite news site for me. The main site has mostly white on it, which is changed with the surrounding colors around news stories. There is a slideshow with the top eight news stories at the time. These stories are not in one area either. They can be form politics, sports or even areas like science features.  Scrolling down has various news areas, such as sports and business, sharing a close space. It’s not too bunched together, but it can seem too tight for some people. I like it because it seems more organized to me.

Clicking on an article leads you to it’s topic area. An example would be an article on the mall attack in Kenya. Clicking on that article would lead you to the article, but also the BBC News Africa section. From here, you can go to BBC News from areas like Latin America, US & Canada, Mid-East, Asia and more. A bar with these locations appears and includes options like Sci/Environment and Business. There are boxes for ‘Most Read’, ‘Most Shared’ and ‘Most Viewed’. The BBC news website also has live coverage of certain events that are available on the website when they happen. The website also has the option to access their radio and weather reports for all over the world. The one thing I believe would make the site better is more articles with comment sections. I sometimes wish I could see some comments on articles, but there is no comment section. Other than that, I wholly enjoy the BBC News website.

The BBC News website can be found here:

Brittany Thompson: Secrets Beyond The Tennis Court


     Brittany Marie Thompson is a member of LIU-Brooklyn’s tennis team, but hides much more beneath her tennis profile. Brittany is 20 years old and is in her third year of college. While tennis is not the only thing that matters to Brittany, it has been an aspect of her life for many years. Brittany has been playing tennis since she was 12 and entered her first tournament at the age of 13. Despite playing tennis for over eight years and entering competitions along the way, Brittany has no plans to play tennis professionally. Her plans for competitive tennis go as far as her years in higher education. She does mention continuing to play it recreationally, but not in a competitive way. 

       What hides behind Brittany Thompson’s athletic abilities might not seem so obvious. First of all, she is an artist. Brittany enjoys to draw and play music recreationally, which can help her calm down after a not-so-pleasant match. Pretty much any event that involves art can interest Brittany, but only in a recreational sense as of now. However, that is not the only thing that makes up Brittany Marie Thompson. She admits there is one more part of her that she feels makes her interesting. It’s something Brittany believes most people would never guess about her and she might be right.

       The part of Brittany that she believes makes her interesting is that she truly enjoys playing video games. These games are not restricted to a specific genre either, such as sports games. She is not that predictable. Brittany Thompson is a woman of many talents and interests. She may not have her future set in stone, but her path is filled with plenty of interesting activities. Brittany Marie Thompson is certainly an interesting individual.