By Octavio Abea
The story I chose for this analysis is a local one. It's about a boy that died while hopping on and off moving trains with friends. The Star Tribune wrote about this incident on Friday. This version of the article is only four paragraphs long and does not say anything about jumping on and off of trains because the information was not available yet. The only thing the Star Tribune could write about was that a 15-year-old boy named Christopher Hanson was found dead with head injuries near a railroad track. The rest of the article talks about how Hanson's body was not found near a railroad crossing and that no incidents were reported by the train crew. At this point nothing is known about how he sustained the injuries.
The second story written Sunday is packed with an overwhelming amount of new information reaching over 20 paragraphs. The earlier lead is a typical hard-news lead while this one focuses on the mother that tried to warn her son about train hopping the day before his death. They name the mother in the lead as well. The article has a lot of quotes from the mother and also builds an entire chronological story of how the incident occured. There's background information from the police about other accidents that have happened because of kids playing ear the tracks.
The old information was built upon and questions were answered. The information in the old lead was brought down so that the new story could be more chronological.