Is it just me, or does BBC News Online seem to have lost its editorial way? It’s almost like… like the stories are exactly the wrong length. They’re too long to be read in a quick scan (cf. Teletext), but too short to impart much more information than the headline. Then there’s the writing style, which often reads like a summary of a news broadcast. Take this story for an example – those aren’t paragraphs, they’re sentences.
I wonder if there’s been some behind-the-scenes streamlining of the editorial workflow, to better share stories between different media? If so, they’re not being adequately repurposed for the web, folks. Sorry, but I notice myself using Guardian Online far more than I did even a few months ago, despite their diabolically badly-implemented registration system.