Just a suggestion to give this website a more professional look. It looks dated now, though it is certainly functional. Perhaps a simple new logo is enough for now, and a website redesign can come later? There is obviously someone with good graphical talent making the front page images... I liked the one-star Hamlet amazon review a lot!
Fancier logo/website needed
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As this is a non-profit making site, I think most people are happy with the layout as it is.
Also, Red, who does the FP pics, is a contributor just like the rest of us, and works his graphic magic voluntarily.
I agree I am happy with it , but the appearance is not up to "quality" with the superb writing. I share articles on facebook and when people see it, they probably think it looks too amateurish. As a result they don't bother reading the super funny articles. The new logo can also be used on the facebook fan page..
I think the main thing is the site is stable and easy to access. Oh, that's two things.
I'm not convinced the logo matters much, as long as it's recognisable. If the headline's good, it'll convince people to read it.
I think most of the people who read what I post from here on FB are more taken by Red's superb artwork. No-one has commented negatively on the logo, nor on the layout.
I know that The Onion etc require subscription, which goes towards paying for fancy logos and the like, but I don't think that's the aim here.
Also, we know that some of the UK's big names frequently find 'inspiration' here, so we can't be doing too badly.
call me old fashioned....
(and I love you just the way you are)
NewsBiscuit 3D. It's the future. But until then, I like the analogue version...
.....3D that reminds me....
Perhaps some of the stuff from Chris Morris’ ‘The Day Today’ is laying around, unused. It would certainly liven the place up...
My ass hurts.
I was having a think about this the other year.
Most other parody news organs have a reference point news organ that they are parodying. It doesn't mean you have to slavishly follow that publication's every story, but it can be a shorthand for style, content, inspiration etc.
The Onion has always had a feel of USA Today, NewsThump is manifestly the BBC website, Daily Mash probably looks to the Daily Mail.
Framley Examiner was based on a very local paper/parish newsletter and Viz is pretty much The Sun/News of the World in style.
There's a yawning gap in the market for NewsBiscuit to use the Metro as it's touchstone. Our target market (bored office workers) are familiar with the style, but it wouldnt really alienate nonUK readers. Masthead could use the Metro font, and it would naturally suggest other features.
GOT TO GO NOW. MORE LATER MAYBE.
All the current items would fit, but it would open up more possibilities for other stuff, examples of which I could suggest if I had a copy to hand.
I mean if any paper can be said to deliver biscuits of news it's the Metro.
er, what is the Metro ?
As a non-commuter type, I'm not exposed to Metro and its style.
What about in the style of local evening newspapers?
Imagine a newspaper written by journalism students instead of by experienced journalists.
Imagine those students are only at GCSE level.
Imagine they're not actually very good at GCSE journalism.
What you're imagining is the Metro. Or that's how I remember it from when I was getting the train to work a few years ago. It may have improved since then and now merely be shite.
Metro is available on-line, and it's still shite...
and it's in cities other than London, but you don't really need to have read the Radio Times to find TV Go Home funny, or to have read USA Today to appreciate The Onion...
Metro is basically a "newspaper" and has "news stories", so if you've seen a newspaper then you pretty much know what to expect...only it's a bit shitter...parody news stories like those commonly posted here would fit the brief...
But it would also open up new free newspaper vistas like "60 second interviews", "The Green Room", Comic strips where nothing happens, Texts sent in from readers who want to "have a coffee" with someone they've just been staring at on the train, a regular off-the-shelf feature on how scientists believe the universe began etc...
As the guidance says, pieces submitted should be funny on their own terms and not require the reader to have special knowledge of an obscure news story, or indeed an obscure publication, but I fancy millions of Britons are exposed to Metro every day, and millions more have been curious enough to pick up a discarded copy at least once, which is enough to know what kind of stuff is in there...
Anyway, it's just an idea...
I've got a NC in Journalism and Media Studies if that's the level of shite you're after?
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