The name is powerful, but does CNN.com really deserve to be a top news site? Of course it does! It’s not just in the name. CNN.com provides unbiased news coverage in a well designed format. Stories are easily accessible, and you’ll always leave the site feeling more knowledgeable than you imagined upon entering.
When you get to the CNN homepage you are greeted by two top stories. There’s no need to hunt for top stories. The two top stories, according to CNN staff, will always be located right at the top. As any journalist, or newspaper enthusiast, will tell you top stories always come with a photograph. The two top stories are featured at the top of the page and include large photos.
The “Don’t Miss” section of the page falls right below the two top stories. It features six other top news stories of the hour. Yes, I said hour, not day. CNN always keeps their news page up to date with current and breaking news stories. The variety of stories featured is strategic, and genius. It ensures that visitors of all backgrounds will find a story of interest within the mix. Today’s top stories include: Tiger’s return to golf, the truth about fruits and vegetables, a story about real life princesses, a feature on Whitney Houston, changes in fast-food chains, and a story about a 96 year-old bungee jumper.
On the left hand side of the page, visitors will find another list of latest news. This list features live news coverage and written articles. On the far right side of the page, visitors can find out about local news and weather, sports, and the markets. The Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P indexes are also featured. Right below the top stories, visitors can find the “Editor’s Choice” section. Here visitors can read and watch stories that editors suggest.
The very bottom of the page breaks recent stories into categories. Visitors can find top stories easily by going to the subject box that meets their interest. Sample subjects include World, Business, Politics, Entertainment and Health. On the bottom corner of the right side of the page, visitors will find the “Hot Topics” section which covers all the hottest stories out right now. I also applaud CNN.com for not featuring too many ads on their homepage. Any journalist will tell you that putting ads on the front page is a no-no, and should only be done in desperate times.
So when you need to get your news fix, whether it is for the hard stuff or a puff piece, visit CNN.com for an unbiased, easy to navigate, view.