Britain Brightens Communications: An overview of BBC

Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 12.23.58 AM.pngA news organization has the good, the bad and the ugly. Throughout this semester I have been following as they cover the biggest stories across the pond and around the world. Here is my listicle of the highs and lows this news organization experienced during the past few months:

5. Nature:

~BBC not only covers a wide variety of environmental issues, but also animals in the wild. They explore different species and how the environment impacts them.

~ They have dedicated a whole section to creating wildlife documentaries that are aired on television. They even included a section on how their videographers are able to capture those never before seen footage.

4. Data Visualizations:

~BBC lacks data visualizations. It is very difficult to find one story that includes some form of data. Including data in stories is becoming more important and while BBC excels in other areas, they do not in this category. For example: this article was the only one of many I found that actually included a graph of some form.

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3. Breaking News:

~Social media coverage of live events is great. BBC has found new ways to interact with the public. For example they post Instagram stories that include polls. That way people can feel they were directly involved with the event unfolding. BBC also has multiple Twitter accounts that allow people to follow the big story and updates along the way.IMG_7268

~While Twitter and Instagram are used heavily, Facebook is used as an outlet to post articles. There are not many live updates on Facebook and I think this could be an area of use in the future.Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 12.09.49 AM

2.Covering the news around the world:

~While only a few news sources cover world wide news, BBC goes out of their way to keep everyone updated. The best example I saw of this was when BBC covered a small incident in Georgia revolving around a teacher who shot a single shot through a high school ceiling. Not even the U.S news outlets covered this story heavily or had coverage at all because it came just days after the Parkland Shooting.

~BBC is able to capture the worlds attention and is a leader in doing so.They cover each event equally and unbiased adding a new twist to their stories just like their mission statement exclaims.

1. Visuals:

~Visuals, visuals, visuals. WOW. Does BBC do a great job with visuals. They even have a whole section dedicated to storytelling through photos. Every story has a visual even if it

Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 12.21.40 AMis a small screenshot of a phone. They incorporate a photo of some form in every story.

~While there are a lot of photos, BBC also links to other related articles with even more photos from different angles. They capture the all around feeling of their article with visuals as well as their storytelling.







For the future:

BBC is on the right track. They are up to date with all of the latest trends including social media. However, there are areas that can be improved. Their data visualizations need to be taken to the next level. Without the data visualizations it is hard for readers to understand all of the numbers being thrown at them in fancy words. Other than that BBC is excelling and becoming one of leading news sources around the world. Although based in Britain they are encouraging other news outlets to step up their game and cover more. They are brightening the world of communications.

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Who’s your Data?

Data visualizations are becoming more and more popular with the rise of access to information. People can now easily scrape websites for information instead of running numbers. They can even put together a story that includes a lot of analysis, but in a way that is easy for readers to interpret.

BBC is no exception when it come to data visualizations, but I was a little surprised as to how long it took me to find an article with graphs or charts. It wasn’t easy, but I was able to dig my way through enough articles and links that I found two articles that stood out.

Scientist have recently discovered that the more popular an animal is the greater the disadvantage they have. Thus, the more popular the animal the more likely they are to be in danger of extinction. Researchers surveyed participants about whether they thought the animal was extinct or not. The results were very surprising. In the graph below we are looking at the percentage of people that answered ‘no’ stating that they did not think these animals were endangered:

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This graph allows readers to understand how many people believe that these animals are okay. That is not the case. The data visualization allows readers to comprehend how serious this issue is around the world.

The second article I found was solely about data visualizations to explain how the NHS is in trouble. Every section of the piece was accompanied by a graph of some form. Check out the ten charts here. 

Overall, BBC writes many articles that could use data visualizations. The fact it was difficult to find a chart makes me think BBC is a little behind in the game.

This just in…

Breaking news: newly received information about an event that is currently unfolding. As a news organization it is the duty of the people who work their to unfold a story as


accurately and as time sensitive as possible.

If there is a big story breaking then the public must know immediately because they

could have family, friends or acquaintances in the area. It is our job as journalists to let the public know what is going on.

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Egypt votes for President while BBC breaks the news to us via Instagram story.

BBC takes a different angle when covering breaking news. They post 40 second videos on their Instagram, contribute to their Instagram story and update their Twitter consistently.

While many news sources are still getting into the game with updating their social media, BBC has already gone above and beyond. Below is a their Instagram post on the recent Siberia mall fire. They posted to their story, page and Twitter.

News outlets are constantly coming up with new ways to break news. Some are doing better jobs than others. But in the end it is about getting it right.

Security! Security!

Facebook is under fire as CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned by a parliamentary committee to give personal evidence around the use of personal data by Cambridge Analytica (CA), who is accused of utilizing over 50 million Facebook users information.

The formal document that Mark Zuckerberg was sent summoning him to the parliamentary committee.

CA, a London-based firm, has denied any allegations. BBC has covered this story over the past few days taking many different angles. They touched on the fact that Facebook has lost over 50 billion dollars from its market value.

Another short story explained how Zuckerberg was not in attendance at an open meeting, Tuesday, to discuss the issue. The story is staying hush hush right now as no one has publicly spoken about the issue since it was released.

Protecting your private information, and data, on Facebook and any other social media platform has become a great issue today. BBC has put together a tip sheet for those looking to protect themselves from people stealing data in the future:

  • Keep an eye on apps, especially those which require you to log in using your Facebook account – they often have a very wide range of permissions and many are specifically designed to pick up your data
  • Use an ad blocker to limit advertising
  • Look at your Facebook security settings and make sure you are aware of what is enabled. Check the individual app settings to see whether you have given them permission to view your friends as well as yourself.
  • You can download a copy of the data Facebook holds on you, although it is not comprehensive. There is a download button at the bottom of the General Account Settings tab. However bear in mind that your data may be less secure sitting on your laptop than it is on Facebook’s servers, if your device is hacked.

Another simple way to save yourself is to simply delete your Facebook account, but in a world where we are in constant connection one another that is not a truly viable option. Especially for journalists. Data is being exploited all the time, so to protect yourself 100% is going to be difficult.

Adjust your Focus

Who knew that the UK could get so cold? The country remains covered in snow and ice as cool air from Russia moves in.

BBC decided to take the purely photo route on this story and it worked. No one wants to sit there and read an article about the weather and how the pressure is going to change. Instead, people want to see pictures and people experiencing this dramatic snowfall. That is exactly what BBC did: A photo story.

Today, people are more intrigued by visuals than words that cross a page. Take a look at these photos from the UK:

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If you ask me, I can feel the emotion behind each one of these photos. If you can feel the emotion and see the story behind the photo, then you are on your way to a successful piece.

However, some visuals just don’t do the trick. For example this far range shot of Dalton High School in Georgia, where a teacher fired off a single shot from a hand gun, does not paint the picture of the incident. Although the article used tweets from local officials, we do not get a clear picture of the shooter, class setting or the arrest.


In a world where visuals have taken over it is vital that every news source include them in their pieces. They tell a story beyond the story and allow the reader to feel the emotions the writer wants to elicit. But it is how you use the visuals, which visuals you include and why you chose the visuals that give a story the full package.


BBC continues to update the UK snowfall on social media platforms. It caught my eye because it had my favorite animal 🙂




Olympicle listicle: 6 ways to follow the Olympics without being at the Olympics via Instagram

6.  Follow the Hashtag:

Twitter and Instagram are all about the #. Now Instagram even lets you follow them! To see the latest posts from around the world all you have to do is follow the #Olympics.


5. Real recognizing Real:

There is nothing like a former Olympian giving a current Olympian some hype. See what the past has to say about the present and the future of USA athletes.

4. Crazy attractions in PyeongChang:

A raccoon restaurant??? Only in PyeongChang… Check out some of the coolest locations around the Games and maybe it will plant some ideas on where to visit in the future!

3. Follow the athletes pets:

Reese the Mini Aussie has now become an Instagram sensation thanks to Olympic Gold Medalist Chloe Kim. Athletes are taking their social media game up a notch by creating accounts for their pets! Reese just hit the covers of Sports Illustrated! Check her out!

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2. Follow the Athletes:

Lindsay Vonn. If you don’t know the name, well then you must not be watching the Olympics at all. Vonn is one of the most popular USA Olympic Athletes. She competes in Alpine Skiing. If you want behind the scene look into what its like to be an Olympic Athlete look no further than Vonn’s Instagram account.

1. NBC Olympic Stories:

Who wore it best? What is the medal count? How did team USA do last night? With the click of a button you can find all of that on the official NBC Olympics Instagram story. Creating an interactive account, NBC allows the fans not attending the Games to see and engage with daily life in PyeongChang.

Snow Queen

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Who is the queen of PyeongChang? The high flying 17 year-old American sensation Chloe Kim is bringing the gold home with her, but to her family, she already is home.

Kim, an American born Korean, has family ties in the Olympics host city of PyeongChang. Although representing the USA, Kim is receiving a lot of support from the home fans.

“There was a lot of pressure, but I’m happy I was able to do it here and do it for the fans and the family,” said Kim.

Kim led in qualifiers with a score of 91.5 beating her competition by over four points. From there on out she was the leader of the pack.


Kim has become an American sensation overnight. Although qualifying for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Kim was unable to compete because she was only 13. At the young age of 15, Kim became the first female to land back to back 1080 degree spins.

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BBC has continued to update this story including screen shots of tweets from Kim herself and her fans. One of them stating that she wished she finished her breakfast the morning before her runs, and another stating her desire for ice cream during the competition. I mean who doesn’t love a good bowl of ice cream?

Check out BBC for live coverage, daily updates and the full schedule of the Olympics.