PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

More

A Short Word On “Small World”

The Collegian's Small World blog is one of its latest forays into the scary world of new media. The blog explores topics related to studying abroad.
The Collegian's Small World blog is one of its latest forays into the world of new media. The blog explores studying abroad.

The Daily Collegian has begun experimenting with new media, but it still doesn’t seem to have found the best way to incorporate it into the newspaper’s general structure.

A couple setbacks to the Small World blog:

Visual Appeal
This thing wouldn’t win any America’s Next Top Model competitions; it has curves in all the wrong places. That is, the amount of text is disproportionate to the number and size of the pictures. As you scroll down the page, in parts it resembles a legal brief in the sheer amount of wordage, then turns into a dribble of oddly spaced pictures. The page then ends with another chunk of thick text. While the pictures are great, the aesthetic of the page is off.

Good blogs, like Onward State, are sleek and sexy. They dress up to go out and get rewarded by bringing home readers. Bad blogs go out wearing a “beater” and sweatpants and never get much action. Small World, at least for the time being, is likely going home alone most nights.

Accessibility
The blogs aren’t very well promoted on the Collegian’s main page. Another big issue is the fact that in order to comment on a post, you have to log in through Facebook. No biggie, everyone is on it now… even the Daily Collegian. But commenting could be much easier. I know plenty of people who don’t want their personal information to be distributed to everyone who reads the blog.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

State College Links
Follow on Another Platform
113kFollowers
157kFollowers
54.9kFollowers
4,570Subscribers
Other posts by Rory

Collegian Claims Several SPJ Awards

The Society of Professional Journalists announced its Region 1 Mark of Excellence Award winners in New York this month and the Daily Collegian sure cleaned up.


Collegian reporters achieved more than 21 individual awards and two big overall awards in the competition, which received more than 3600 entries. Collegian members swept all first, second, and third place slots in the Feature Photography and Radio In-Depth Reporting categories.


More on this after the jump.

2005 Senior Class Gift…Why The Wait?

LAUC Team Trivia Night

The Story Of Julia Cipparulo & Her Motives For Allegedly Vandalizing Penn State

“That broken ear is a permanent reminder of the dark side of Penn State University, the lives lost, and a warning. A warning that the deaths will continue unless massive change is enacted.”

The Story Of Julia Cipparulo & Her Motives For Allegedly Vandalizing Penn State

“That broken ear is a permanent reminder of the dark side of Penn State University, the lives lost, and a warning. A warning that the deaths will continue unless massive change is enacted.”

Penn State Alum Charged For Campus Vandalism

In a statement sent to Onward State, Julia Cipparulo claimed to have vandalized several Penn State campus landmarks, including the Lion Shrine, on May 8.

Penn State Football Announces New Jersey Numbers For 2022 Season

Nittany Lions old and new have received new jersey numbers ahead of the 2022 season.

 
Send this to a friend