Since the tagline of The Huffington Post is “Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post” I expected The Huffington Post to tackle breaking news with expertise.
After all if you’re selling yourself on Breaking News and Opinion, you better be damn good at both. The Huffington Post Opinion pieces have always been strong, so I was eager to find out more about the Breaking News side of The Huffington Post.
I logged on to both The Huffington Post website and The Huffington Post Facebook page to view the breaking story of the day which happened to be the removal of Steve Bannon from the National Security Council. No surprise on the main web page of The Huffington Post there was a large picture of Steve Bannon with the headline “Bannon Outflanked”.
Clicking on the article I was pleased to find, like with most web articles, a short video embedded within the article. However there was little else. Of course, since the story was breaking when I saw the article, I can’t say I expected to find more media attached to the article. When I checked the article again a few hours later it had been updated with Twitter reactions to the news. These updates made the article easier to read on my mobile device because they broke up the information heavy portions of the article, drawing my focus to reactions of the news.
On Facebook there was nothing more than a link to the article on The Huffington Post main website, which I was a little disappointed by. I expected more interactive/innovative reporting on social media, but with Breaking News, the most important goal is to get the information out as quickly as possible, adding more to the article is secondary.
Overall, the Huffington Post was quick to share the breaking story about Bannon’s removal from the National Security Council, but kept the coverage simple on both its main website and its Facebook page, adding few updates.