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Analysis: records/CAR

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The article, Long-gone lead factories leave poisons in nearby yards, by USA Today is a good example of a records/CAR article.

The article written by Alison Young describes how the EPA failed to tell people about or take action on many former lead smelting sites which the EPA has apparently known about for years. The soil in many people's yards and in parks was found to contain potentially dangerous levels of lead.

Young uses tips on how to make yards safer, video interviews with parents who have children who play in their lead-filled back yards, an interactive map which states where smelters once were, and site-related documents.

In order to write this article, Young had to be technology savvy. She needed to be able to search for sites, find pictures, and create/search for video interviews on the topic.

Analysis: Diversity

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The article in the Star Tribune, Society slowly learns to deal with autism, discusses how places around the state and country are beginning to be more "autism friendly."

Sammie Paust, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, has a cousin who is autistic. She believes that although the article does seem to focus a lot on the stereotype of people who suffer from autism, it is both informative and "good to read."

Through quotes and data referring to autism, Paust believes that some comments made in the article could've been either worded better or left out entirely.

Analysis: Numbers

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In CNN's article, "Syrians try to clear antipersonnel mines near Turkish border," numbers are used multiple times.

The numbers are used to reference the amount of antipersonnel mines placed between the boarders of Turkey and Syria, the amount of refugees from Syria that are in Turkey, the amount of countries that are apart of the Treaty which bans land mines, and distance such as 5 to 6 centimeters below the ground and "20 meters away."

The numbers used in the story are not overwhelming, but are easy to understand and informative.

It doesn't seem as if the numbers required any math, but hopefully the author double and triple checked to see if the numbers were correct according to sources.

Analysis: Obits

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Al Ross, Cartoonist for The New Yorker, Dies at 100, the New York Times said.

The sources in Ross's obituary are his son, David Roth, who confirmed his death, and Lee Lorenz, a cartoonist who was the art editor at The New Yorker from the 1950s into the '70s.

The obit has a standard lead consisting of the person's name, what they are known for, and when/when he died.

"Al Ross, whose droll cartoons featuring married couples, bar habitués, anthropomorphic animals, philosophizing prisoners, art and publishing world denizens, anachronistic mythological figures and loyal Mets fans appeared in The New Yorker for more than 60 years, died on Thursday in the Bronx. He was 100," The New York Times said.

The difference between a résumé and an obit is the entire résumé is put in the past for the obit. Obituaries also include more sympathetic phrases and include information about the family related.

Analysis: Speeches/Meetings

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The Los Angeles Times reported on Mitt Romney's argument in Georgia that President Obama's approach to Iran had failed the American people and made the nation less secure.

Throughout the article, the author treats the speech with a point and support style. The author supports the claims by using quotes from both Romney and pother people from the event.

The author provides background information by stating facts and making references to President Obama's original speech.

Analysis: Multimedia

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While covering the Oscars, CNN and the New York Times have different multimedia styles.

CNN seems to be focusing on videos of the event more than blogs and news feeds. While the New York Times is more focused on blogs and pictures with captions than they are videos.

Each style compliments the news in different ways. Videos allow viewers to fully see the event and therefore the viewer can visually see other aspects of the event, such as scenery, style, and even emotions being portrayed. Written updates are better for quick, fact-based information. They quickly give the who, what, where, and when.

Analysis: Spot and Follow

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The article Authorities ID robbery suspect shot, killed in Superior, in the Duluth News Tribune, was published on Friday.

The update, Man who died in Superior shootout had brother who died under similar circumstances 6 years earlier, was published Saturday in the Duluth News Tribune.

The original story identifies the man who died, and the follow up explains how his death resembled his brother's.

The second story goes into depth about Anderson's death and history, along with the death of his brother.

Analysis: Sources

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In the story, "Case of Missing Utah Woman Susan Powell Takes Explosive Turn," by the New York Observer, only two sources are used.

The sources are not named throughout the article itself, but are mentioned at the very bottom of the page.

The first source is located in the very first paragraph while the second one is in the last paragraph of the article.

The information that they used is from other news sources, the News Tribune, and the Salt Lake Tribune.

In the story, Steve Huff has the sources embedded within words of the article as links. It is effective because it doesn't deviate away from the points of the story. It allows the reader to be able to read through the article quickly without getting caught up on sources.

Analysis: Leads

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The lead to the story written by New York Daily News, "Missouri teen, Alyssa Bustamante, pleads guilty to killing 9-year-old Strangled girl, slashed her throat just to see what it would feel like, prosecutors say," is a great lead to analyze.

This lead almost answers the five Ws- Who, What, Where, When, and Why.
Who: A Missouri teen, Alyssa Bustamante
What: pleads guilty to killing 9-year-old
Where: ?
When: ?
Why: To see what it would feel like

The details of this lead focus on how the girl killed the 9-year-old and why she did it. The location of the crime seems to be in Missouri since that is where Bustamante is from, but the New York Daily News didn't specify exactly where. It is a straightforward and hard-news lead, but the journalist did leave out two components that I believe a lead should cover.

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