Site URL: MSNBC.com
This is one in a series of site reviews that take a look at how major news Web sites can be used in the classroom. See also reviews of HuffingtonPost.com, GoogleNews.com, CNN.com, AOL.com, MSN.com, FoxNews.com and Yahoo.com.
Content: MSNBC.com has a large amount of well-done news content sourced from its own writers as well as partners like the Associated Press. Though the site its affiliated with the MSNBC television network, the network's shows, which are generally all left-leaning, are not a major part of the MSNBC.com content. There are small links to those shows (as well as other NBC shows) but they are not featured prominently.
Design: The site has an odd design, featuring a large content box and lots of rollovers. The rollovers occur when your mouse pointer goes near the main top navigation. When that happens, a block of story links appear. Once you figure it out, it's a useful feature, but the site is somewhat hard to use while you are getting the hang of it.
Review: MSNBC.com has a very strong news report across all areas, including business and sports. The site covers all the major stories well and from many angles, but its navigation and design present some challenges for less-savvy users.
Bottom Line: Students can definitely benefit from the information on MSNBC.com, since all of its content comes from credible professional sources. Finding what you want, or simply finding the most important news of the day, does, however, require a lot of clicking around.
Article by Daniel B. Kline, Education World Contributing Editor
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