Time-lapse videos show differences in how New York Times, BBC cover major news

Phillip Mendonça-Vieira

Phillip Mendonça-Vieira attracted some attention when he posted a video of about 12,000 versions of The New York Times home page over about nine months, so he gave the BBC News home page the same treatment. The videos capture the differences in how the two news organizations follow major breaking stories like the Japan tsunami and the Arab Spring.

"The thing that stands out the most in comparison to the nytimes is how the BBC's editors behave more placidly in their content curation," he writes. "Where the nytimes crams its homepage with as much information as possible, the BBC picks the most important story of the day and runs with it."

The difference is evident in the coverage of the Chilean miners' rescue, with the BBC News home page relatively static compared the Times' rapid-fire updates. "One pleasant upshot of this, however, is that the nytimes' homepage is more dramatic. If I want to know the most important story of the day, the BBC will do me right. If I want to follow an event with bated breath I might be better served by the nytimes." || Related: Pushback to ‘redesigned’ New York Times website; designer accuses critics of "libelous journalism"

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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