December 24 2009

Difference In Writing Style In Reuters.com After Redesign




It is the right time for introspection as the dust has finally settled down. Reuters, the undoubted and undisputed leader of news industry, has ultimately decided to give a much-needed facelift to its website: Reuters.com, which has over the years become a reliable and trusted source of information, an emblem of unbiased and impartial news provider. Much has been said about its new clean and uncluttered look but most of us have failed to pinpoint the subtle differences that have been inducted without disturbing the delicate balance. Keeping in tune with its modern and user-friendly interface, Reuters has introduced a number of changes in its article writing style but they are so finely and seamlessly blended and presented in its so called conventional news format that none but else a passionate reader of Reuters would be able to decipher the differences.

Little Space: Succinct and Pithy Content
The newly developed and redesigned interface of Reuters may offer better exposure to advertisers but it is something demoralizing for those who always try to access as much information about global issues as possible. Reuters, with an immense left panel and an ever changing header, is allowing little space for the writers to present their news in elaborate way:

What is all the more interesting, disgusting and somewhat intriguing is the use of large images, which is unlikely to be found in its earlier version. Use of large images is further narrowing the space and thereby forcing journalists to sum up an article within the given frame by curtailing excess (not sure whether they are excess) information.

A Bold Way To Cover Latest Happenings
This is something unique that has been initiated by Reuters in an effort to emphasize the most important segment of an article by using bold font. More often then not, the introduction part is presented in bold format for capturing the attention of the viewers and for delivering concrete information about the rest of the news:

This indicates a tectonic shift in the way Reuters presented news just few days ago. Use of bold fonts as opposed to the use of same font verifies Reuters’s relentless effort to cope with the changing trend.

A Novel Approach
This might kindle a controversy but I cannot help myself from making the readers aware of it. Being a regular reader of Reuters.com, I can feel even a slight change in its presentation style. What I feel is that people at Reuters are using less quotations and this means Reuters is allowing the incursion of creative writing style, which is a big “No No” for a news providing agency. Furthermore, for emphasizing categories, Reuters is now using bold and different colored fonts at the beginning and at the end of an article:

Though the differences are not big, they are prominent enough to bring a radical change in the way news was presented earlier by this giant news provider. To be precise, Reuters is fast changing its entity from mainstream news provider to self-styled news delivering network by utilizing its huge manpower and extensive network.

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