By ALEX FRUIN
Thousands of people across the country find their breaking news on The New York Times’ Web site, which is perhaps the most resourceful American newspaper site around. While I’m one of the masses who frequent the site, over the years I’ve found that some of the most exciting features are not found on the front pages of the breaking news stories, but rather are buried deep within the Web site.
Since these pages are sponsored by The New York Times, I feel as though many of them are great resources for those of us studying journalism as they show us an entirely different side of online reporting.
I’m always looking for great travel blogs, so I found those of The New York Times’ reporters long ago, but the multimedia aspect of the site just keeps getting better and better. From reports of what to do in medium-sized cities like Asheville, N.C. to more exotic locations like Damascus, The Times has correspondents I know I can trust for some of the best information all over the world. One of my favorite finds is always when the staffers update their travels with stories known as “36 Hours in…” which chronicles what to do with just a day and a half in cities all over the world.
Another great aspect of The Times, which can be found all over the website is it’s explanations of people, groups, and events, similar to that of Wikipedia. I often find myself clicking on the many different links throughout sports articles to find out the history behind the story in order to better understand what is being discussed. For example, visitors to the site interested in the recent announcement of the bowl game between the University of Miami and the University of Notre Dame can find an array of information on the school as well as a number of links to stories associated with it.
My favorite part of the Web site is the multimedia page which, although included in many of the stories by featuring various slide shows, is an amazing aspect of the website that expands upon the traditional Times’ basic print journalism format. While many of the stories online and in print feature photos, many of them also have multimedia links that can take readers to entire slideshows and often even video footage of the subject. One story from mid-November about children with autism was accompanied by a slideshow of Therapy Dogs at Work. I always enjoy stories that have multimedia footage to help the authors to illustrate them; The New York Times combines some of the best print journalism in the world with top-notch photography and multimedia features.