Comparison of CNN and Pioneer Press multimedia options

The CNN and Pioneer Press websites both contain a lot of condensed information. They each feature a bar going across the top of their pages for easy access to subcategories, and both websites allow user comments on news stories, which provides an interactive component not available to paper readers.
The CNN site is organized a bit clearer. It is quicker to scroll from the top to the bottom, and story headlines are neatly organized into evenly spaced and sized boxes, allowing for better scanability.
The Pioneer Press story headlines are concise, but the website seems more cluttered with a mix of rows and columns. The ads take up more space and are more prominent and distracting than the ads on the CNN site, which keeps all but one ad at the bottom of the page. This might be because the Pioneer Press news organization has less money than CNN, so it needs to place a greater emphasis on ads.
The most obvious difference between the two is the news content. The Pioneer Press' top story is about the Vikings, complete with a Brett Favre photo. As you scroll down the page, the most prominent stories are about local sports and other topic concerning the local community. CNN's top stories were about national politics and agriculture, appealing to a broader audience.

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