Here is a fun fact: I was born in California.
Okay. I will admit that where I was born is really not that exciting. But, I found it funny that, exactly 20 years after I was born, I am beginning a blog that will follow the most widely circulated paper in my birth state – The Los Angeles Times.
For my Digital Journalism II class, I was assigned to follow the LA Times. Although I used to live in California, I never read the newspaper. I was a newborn when I lived in California, so clearly I never kept up with current events. But when I did visit the newspaper's website, I was excited by all the stories I saw. The vast selection of stories is complemented by the website's simple design. LAtimes.com makes a great use of white space, bold lines and vibrant pictures.
The website almost explodes with stories on the home page. And, as an aspiring entertainment reporter, I was thrilled to find that the entertainment section of the paper has just as many options for me to explore. The stories virtually cover the entire scope of the entertainment industry. That, plus the slightly sarcastic writing style of some of the stories, will keep me coming back for more.
Although the entertainment section of the website is by far my favorite, my friend Liz McGovern introduced me to what I consider to be the most stunning part of the website. Please, do yourself a favor and check out Framework. You will lose yourself in this beautiful collection that, as the website's description says, "captures the world through photography, video and multimedia."
Within the first five minutes spent on the website, I can tell that this will be a fun semester.