Critique and compare the way two sites telling The Missouri Primary

The Missouri primary turned out on Tuesday. It is a close race that ended with a too close to call declaration. I want to critique how national news outlets are explaining the Missouri results: New York Times and The Washington Post.

New York Times:

The Washington Post:

I think New York Time use design telling a better story about The Missouri Primary results. Designer make two columns side by side to compare. The left column tells Republican Primary results, and the right column tells Democratic Primary results. The layout is very convenient for people to compare. Then New York Time gives many details and analysis. Forms shows candidates, numbers of vote, percentages, delegates, map showing how voter distribute in different place, map showing how republicans voted and how democrats voted for their candidate. Circle size is proportional to the size of a candidate’s lead, which is very clear telling the story and results. They also have graph to show how the vote came in of different candidate in different time. Over all, I think New York time show the results and all kinds of details in a very clear order.

Washington post only have one column to show results. At the very beginning, I think why does it only show the results of Republican? After reading the column carefully I find there are tabs on the top in the column. You need to click Democratic tab to show the results of democratic. This design is kind of confused and is not convenient for people to compare. The washington has the similar form and map to tell the results, and they also have a paragraph of text to explain the State of the race. Then they give more details about republican delegate counts and democratic delegate counts to do some analysis within the party. But these analysis requires click to view the full scoreboard. I think this design is not comfortable for the readers who want to compare two parties. But I think they did a great job on combining the form, maps and text to tell the story!

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