Group Assignment Slate

Slate Magazine- “Online magazine of news, politics, and culture. Combines humor and insight in thoughtful analyses of current events and political news.”

Is this site journalism? Why or why not? Is it both, and if so, how? Show/give examples.
Journalism is a discipline that deals with the reporting of facts in an objective manner. Slate is “a daily magazine on the Web.” It is a form of journalism as it provides facts and opinions about stories and events going on around the world.

How does the site incorporate “citizen journalism,” social commentary or input, or sources pulled from average citizens?
Slate uses both contributors and professional writers to write their stories. The site offers new ways of incorporating the public into the news such as with the “Dear Prudence” column.

How does the site source its information? What type of sources do they use, and how are sources incorporated in the reports?
Every article has an author with a hyperlink profile.
Writer Bio

What is the writing style? Is it straightforward? Dry? Poetic? Long-form?
The stories are mostly opinionated pieces. The authors provide evidence and other sources throughout their stories by using lots of hyperlinks to further direct their readers.
Hyperlink Example

How does the site establish credibility of both the brand and reporters?
Slate has a user agreement that strives to have the stories written be as accurate as possible. However, when mistakes are made, Slate provides a corrections section that addresses the mistakes made each week in the posted stories.

How does the site make money? Where/how are ads used? Who advertises?
Slate is a member of Amazon Associates.  When readers click on a link from a Slate article to, Slate then earns a percentage of your purchase.  Slate also offers a way to advertise through the website in a direct way.

How often is the site updated?
Stories can be posted whenever, however, the site is truly monitored weekly through the corrections section.

How is multimedia used? Visuals? Graphics? How are stories packaged? Is it entertaining?
Visuals such as images, videos, or interactive maps are used to further enhance a story or news reporting. Visuals capture the audience and draw people in to a story as they easily catch the eye. Visuals also better a person’s understanding of a situation such as with photos about the story.
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What are your favorite things about the site? Least favorite?
My favorite thing about this site is that it tells you the estimated reading time. The site is, however, extremely busy which makes it hard to navigate to find specific stories.
Estimated Reading Time

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