Web Site Credibility

Bolivian Source 1 —- El Diario   http://www.eldiario.net/
Stanford Guideline Critical Feedback Rated
1. Make it easy to verify the accuracy of the information on your site.

 

The articles use citations and direct source material for information. However, there were no hyperlinks. 3
2. Show that there’s a real organization behind your site.

 

There is a contact page and an email address listed and there is a physical address, posting of offices, and listed staff. 5
3. Highlight the expertise in your organization and in the content and services you provide.

 

There is an entire 107 years of history page which gives details on the organization and highlights the expertise of the paper. Specific departments are also listed. 5
4. Show that honest and trustworthy people stand behind your site.

 

The paper gives a “mission” of its staff to produce high-quality and trustworthy news. It shows that real people are behind the site and in the organization through history of the founder and contact information for journalists. But, the site does not exactly convey that they’re trustworthy; for instance, there are not bios about the journalists. It is however the oldest Bolivian newspaper currently in circulation. 3
5. Make it easy to contact you.

 

There is contact information clearly shown, including phone number and email address. Every journalist can be individually contacted and so can each section and agency. 5
6. Design your site so it looks professional (or is appropriate for your purpose).

 

The layout is simple and clear. The typography is easily readable. But the images are very small on the front page. The visual design accomplishes and matches the site’s purpose, but there are not enough eye-catching visuals. 2
7. Make your site easy to use — and useful.

 

The site is very easy to use and navigate for its purpose, but the ad placement is a bit distracting and gets in the way at times. 3
8. Update your site’s content often (at least show it’s been reviewed recently).

 

The web site was up to date for the day. 5
9. Use restraint with any promotional content (e.g., ads, offers).

 

There are banner ads, side ads, and bottom ads. Ads on pages are clearly distinguished the sponsored content. There are also separate classified ads. 2
10. Avoid errors of all types, no matter how small they seem.

 

There do not seem to be any typographical errors, but I am viewing the Google translate version. 5

Analysis 1: Overall, I’d give this paper the score of a 3.5.  The material and content itself seems reputable. The articles are referenced with citations and direct source material, although there are no hyperlinks to corroborate the information. The organization itself exists, with contact information, official office addresses, and listed staff. As the oldest Bolivian newspaper in circulation, the newspaper takes pride in its long, rich history and publicizes its mission to produce high-quality news. However, though there is individual contact information for journalists, there are not personal bios of the individual reporters and staff members. The layout is simple and accomplishes its purpose, but the advertisements are a major drawback and will probably put most readers off. The website was up-to-date, and I would say it could be trusted as a reputable source.

Bolivian Source 2 —- La Razonhttp://www.la-razon.com/
Stanford Guideline Critical Feedback Rated
1. Make it easy to verify the accuracy of the information on your site.

 

The web site credibility appears strong. There is lots of third-party support, including citations, references, and direct source material. There are also hyperlinks embedded and videos. 5
2. Show that there’s a real organization behind your site.

 

A physical address is listed along with contact information. 5
3. Highlight the expertise in your organization and in the content and services you provide.

 

They do not really give credentials or affiliations. There is nothing that particularly highlights their expertise, but there is an about page. 2
4. Show that honest and trustworthy people stand behind your site.

 

There is an about page which lists contact information and positions for each employ. But, their trustworthiness is not conveyed, through employee bios, photos, or etc. 2
5. Make it easy to contact you.

 

The contact information is clear: phone number, physical address, and email address. 5
6. Design your site so it looks professional (or is appropriate for your purpose).

 

The layout resembles a newspaper or magazine, which makes it very readable. The typography is clear, images are of a high quality, and there are no consistency issues. 5
7. Make your site easy to use — and useful.

 

The newspaper is well organized, making it easy to use and useful to get information. Important points in the articles are bolded, there are hyperlinks, and the front page’s layout is clear. 5
8. Update your site’s content often (at least show it’s been reviewed recently).

 

The newspaper was up-to-date for the day. 5
9. Use restraint with any promotional content (e.g., ads, offers).

 

There are side-ads and banner ads. There aren’t pop-up ads.  The writing style is clear, direct, and sincere. 4
10. Avoid errors of all types, no matter how small they seem.

 

There are no broken links. I do not think there are typographical errors, but I am using Google Translate. 5

Analysis 2: Overall, I would give this news site a 4.5. The articles are heavily substantiated with lots of third-party support, including citations, references, direct source material, and hyperlinks. There is a physical address, contact information, and an about page that conveys existence of an official organization, but they do not feature credentials or any other way to verify expertise or employee information. The layout is very clear and helpful, with important points bolded and the use of embedded hyperlinks. The images are of a high quality, particularly in comparison to the other newspaper critiqued, whose images were tiny. The web site was very current, updated probably minutes before, and I would recommend this site as a valuable resource.

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