Differences between traditional, printed content and online content
Traditional and printed content is restricted, with less space to play with. Therefore the layout is generally more compact and less spacious, making it less appealing to the eye and often harder to read. Paragraphs of online content can be shorter as there is often limitless space, making it less challenging for the reader compared to printed content.
Images are more accessible online as there is more space and it is often easier to avoid copyright rules compared to when physically printing image.
Online, links to further pages can be used to give extra information or advertise, whereas printed content has restricted advertisement space and can’t lead the reader to an alternative source.
Websites sub-editors may find useful?
Journalism.co.uk: This journalism website has a specific online catalogue of terms that would be useful to anyone working in field, especially a sub editor.
Although sub editors have their own ways of checking pieces of writing for plagiarism, this website is a quick and easy way to ensure no copyright laws are being broken as well as highlighting any major grammatical errors.
Jakob Neilsen suggests that around 79% of web users simply scan content..
Large bulks of text are harder to read and are often skim read to save time. Short, sharp sentences help readers scan the text for the necessary information.
Sub headings and images may catch the readers attention, keep them engaged and make them want to read the article. On the other hand some readers may get a story by only looking at the images and headings without reading any of the text.
Neilson is suggesting that writers need to take this into consideration when writing, making it engaging and easy to read.