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October 14, 2007

On Press Conference

I read a press release from the white house of the president discussing free trade at a hotel in Miami and compared it to the coverage by VOA news. The coverage of the president's conference is pretty basic. The president went over how he thinks trade agreements with Columbia, Peru, and Panama would be really great, and the coverage provides his main points for his support. The reporter made the choice to report what the president said as fact, picking his strongest arguments for each country he discussed. The reporter also chose to include some voices of resistance and why they are against the agreements, which gives a nice balance to the article.

September 30, 2007

On Structure

CNN has an article that goes over Iran's parliament voting to label the CIA and U.S. Army as 'terrorist' groups. The article states that main point to the story in the lead and then gives reasons why IRNA, the country's state-run news agency and the parliament. The article then moves to the U.S. reaction to the labeling. It sums things up with some background information on the situation and the relationship between the United States and Iran. It also suggests the Iranian lawmakers' condemnation was in apparent retaliation for the U.S. Senate's resolution Wednesday requesting that the United States designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, or Quds Force, as a foreign terrorist organization. This way of organizing and summarizing is effective. They stated the news, then stated reaction to it, and then stated reasons why, background info, and conveyed things that further the story and make it more complete.

September 24, 2007

On Attribution

An article on Iran's president coming to New York, and his upcoming visit to Columbia University attributed three different sources of information. These are: a 60 minutes interview with Ahmadinejad, the official IRNA news agency, and an interview on Al-Jazeera television. Most of the article is written through the personal experience of the writer and her speculation and opinion. It is when quotes are used in the article that sources are referred to. The attribution is fairly clear and credible and therefore effective.

September 17, 2007

On Leads

The lead from KSTP 5: A light rail train slammed into a mini-van on Sunday at the intersection of 52nd Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis.

This is a straightforward hard-news lead. There are three news elements in the lead, what, when, and where. The only detail in the lead is the location, which in this local story is important to include. The rest of it is pretty general. Who was involved is mentioned in the next sentence, along with how it happened. This lead does the job of telling the most important information and setting up the rest of the article.