The Star Tribune’s website is vast. With a seemingly endless amount of articles, videos, pictures and blogs, the Star Tribune’s website is able to cover news in a way the traditional print edition cannot.
Though startribune.com seems to take some articles directly from the print edition as well as from news services like the Associated Press, much of the site’s content has been manufactured specifically for internet publication. One advantage of using the internet for journalism is that there is not a set amount of space that may be utilized. In the print edition, the staff of the Star Tribune is limited by having to fit each story in the space left over after advertisements are taken into account. I’d have to imagine this is not always an easy thing to accomplish, causing editors to cut information that could have made a news story better. The unlimited space of a website allows the paper to gives their audience everything a story has to offer.
Startribune.com, like most online journalism sites, uses video and audio clips as well as still photographs to give their audience a more complete experience. Easily found on the site’s main page, a multimedia section allows visitors to find a number of video, audio and photographs without having to search within the site. One interesting aspect of site’s multimedia is how much of it is original material, not generated through convergence with another media outlet.
I was also impressed by how the site links most of its articles to related video or audio. The website features links to a number of blogs as well as its own social networking sites such as facebook.com and twitter.com.
In my opinion, the Star Tribune has done a great job of evolving with the times and using the internet as a tool to reach a wide audience in new and different ways.