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April 26, 2009

Analysis: U.S. citizens caught up in immigration sweeps

This article required analysis of reports by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, as well as the computer skills to find the articles.

It also required the ability to search for certain records and statistics put out by law enforcement about detention of U.S. citizens and about the immigration raids.

The reporter needed the computer skills to navigate government sites, as well as government directories.

April 20, 2009

Analysis: U.S. citizens caught up in immigration sweeps

This article required analysis of reports by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, as well as the computer skills to find the articles.

It also required the ability to search for certain records and statistics put out by law enforcement about detention of U.S. citizens and about the immigration raids.

The reporter needed the computer skills to navigate government sites, as well as government directories.

April 12, 2009

Analysis: Minneapolis gay couple, sons to attend Easter celebration at White House

This article is about a diverse group in society, and a mile stone in the civil rights movement.

It tells the story about one family in the LGBT community that is breaking a barrier, and representing a milestone.

It uses historical fact to tell the reader about why this story is important, and also to tell the reader something they didn't know.

The story uses quotes from those who fit into this group, as well as an organization that works for the rights of this group.

It moves beyond the issue of marital rights and into the issue of social inclusion.

March 29, 2009

Obituary Analysis

The obituary for Dick Williams in the Star Tribune starts out with a lead about what Williams was best known for, coaching basketball.

The article goes on to talk about his "no-cut" policy Williams had when coaching. This was effective because it told the reader about more than just his love for basketball, but his love for including everyone.

Some of the sources include: former players, his sister, and a person he worked with on the Wayzata Youth Basketball Association. The lead is an alternative, and not just an announcement of death. The age and cause of death are also delayed.

The obit differs from a resume because it includes a focused story, about basketball, along with his lifetime accomplishments.

March 9, 2009

Anaylisis: Wash. Ave. Bridge repairs

The story about the Washington Avenue Bridge repairs, used a press release as it's mains source, but also used comments by Paul Backer the project engineer.

The angle of the story was simply that there will be construction resulting in closures, and that the county has changed the date for potential completion of the project.

The reporter has pretty much composed a listing, since it lacked any quotes and comments from the general public.

March 1, 2009

Middle Class Task Force Meets: Analysis

An article written for the Associated Press discusses the first meeting of the Middle Class Task Force set up by President Barack Obama, and lead by Vice President Joe Biden.

The article includes some details from the actual White House press release, but also includes information about the first announcement of the task force. It also includes quotes from the vice president from the announcement of the task force, and not from the actual press release.

The article ties the task force to the economic stimulus bill, but doesn't include specific spending for the task force, as the press release does.

The article included some information about members on the task force, but didn't go into detail. It also only included on quote even though many were included by most members of the task force in the press release.

February 22, 2009

Restructuring the Graduate School

This story has been developing over the last few weeks, and one story appeared in the MN Daily printed edition this week and another online Saturday regarding the restructuring.

Earlier this week the story talked about a petition that was signed by 18 current and former Regents' professors. The petition claimed that the University has failed to consult with faculty regarding the restructuring.

On Saturday the story was updated online, but didn't include anything about the petition. The new news was that the restructuring team was assembled. The fact that the Regents' professors petition was ignored seems to be important, and I would have put it in the article.

The actual story about the Regents' petition was never updated, but the story about the Graduate School restructuring seems to continue to be an important story and therefore the MN Daily is writing completely new stories about the restructuring as more information becomes available.

February 15, 2009

Man Dies in St. Louis Park fire

This story, reported by the Star Tribune, has an interesting progression. I feel that it talks about the fire in St. Louis Park that killed one person in the first part of the story because the death of this person is very newsworthy.

I think that the second part of the story, about a different fire, could be equally important because more details were provided and it affected more people.

The information was clustered by each fire, and then sub-blocked by place and time of the fire, response of the fire departments, and cause of the fire.

I think the blocking of the story is very effective, however after reading the story I was more interested in the second fire because more details were provided even though though the first fire mentioned provided an excellent lead.

February 9, 2009

Fishermen rescued from Lake Erie

This story uses 6 main stories. The sources that are named were the fire chief of the town, the county sheriff, a fishing guide, "officials", a coast guard member, and a veteran fisher.

They are scattered about the story, and once one source is cited, all the information from that source is found in one part of the story, not scattered about.

The information from this story is from people because there would be no need to look at records.

The reporter sets of the attribution using quotes, then "said Joe". However when he paraphrased sources he wrote "Joe said".

The attribution of this story is effective, but not always consistent

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