Objects in Mirror

Should online news have a standard layout?

Posted at 12:17 PM on September 9, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

I opened an online discussion about the circumstances surrounding the September 8, 2008 United Airlines' stock drop.

Like many air disasters, you might be able to attribute the stock plummeting to a series of mistakes, but as an employee of a news site (MPR.org, naturally) I have to wonder... What if online news sites had some standard layout guidelines. Might a set of clear "archive" status cues might have prevented it all?

Discuss the potential rewards or limitations of online news guidelines, or just tackle any other point of failure in this series of events. Share your perspective and join the conversation.

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