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Analysis: Numbers

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In an L.A. Times. story regarding Oprah's not-so-successful OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) television channel, the author uses numbers in a few ways:

1. OWN is predicted to lose $142.9 million this year due to the lack of its success.
2. OWN has averaged about 259,000 prime time viewers since the channel's debut weekend.
3. OWN fired 20% of its workforce last week in order to cut spending to keep the channel going.

The numbers aren't too overwhelming, and they are explained pretty clearly. I'm not sure if the author used math to tell the story more effectively, but it could definitely be possible. Out of the three numbers listed above, the first and the second were clearly attributed, but as for the last number, I couldn't find a source, which is not a good thing.

Analysis: Obits

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The obituary about Noble Fleming, an arbitrator of tea for the Thomas J. Lipton Company, seemed to be pretty standard.

Sources include his daughter, the president of the Tea Association of the U.S.A., and the executive vice president of the Tea Association of the U.S.A.

It has the standard New York Times obituary lead that we learned in class, and I believe it works well for the situation.

The obit differs from a resume because it takes a more personal and in-depth look into a person. It describes not only what a person did in their life, but also what kind of person they were, what their personality was like, what is was like to interact with them, etc. It takes more of an emotional approach.

Analysis: Speech/Meeting

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When crafting the story about Cardinal Timothy N. Dolan's speech at a diocesan convocation, the author did an excellent job of incorporating pertinent current events into it. The author clearly had a good grasp of background information related to the speech content, which is incredibly important when covering a speech. The author provided enough information for the reader to gain a better sense of the current Catholic standings on many issues, like same-sex marriage, abortions, and birth control. Overall, the author seemed to cover the speech in an accurate manner.

Analysis: Multimedia

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Analysis: Spot/Follow

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The initial article regarding Christopher Hanson, the Minneapolis teenager who died while train-hopping for fun was pretty different from the updated version.

The leads were different in the respect that the initial was more vague than the other because there was less information to be known at that point.

The second story advanced the news by providing more insight and clarification into what exactly happened, and how the family is reacting to their loss.

I don't necessarily think that the updated article was in response in competition. It was just more of a general update in my opinion.

Analysis: Structures (Greek Parliament passes austerity plan)

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The reporter has summarized the important elements in what seems to be a logical manner in the story regarding the Greek austerity plan from the New York Times.

The information is ordered in what seems to be an inverted pyramid, which is a common format for news writing. The reporter starts off the article with quite general information, and then narrows in with increasingly more and more detail.

It is a pretty effective way to approach the topic. It's nice to not be bombarded with some random details that may be too dense to start off with. The reader is guided into the story in a somewhat gentle approach. However, once the reader gets further and further into the article, they may become bored with the subject matter and just stop reading it altogether. If the article would have begun with a more interesting and eye-catching statement, one may be more inclined to actually read it more thoroughly, or read it at all.

In a New York Times article about a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines, 5 sources were named or attributed.

They appear to be scattered throughout the story, however a few of them are somewhat clustered together.

The information are from a few scientific institutes, such as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and the U.S. Geological Survey. Others were made by various "officials."

The reporter set up the attributions in basically the same format throughout the story, just in a different order. For example, "the attribution said, 'fact.'" or "'information,' said the attribution."

I would have to say it's pretty effective and not confusing in the least bit. However, it is a little dull and repetitive, but that's kind of difficult to get around when it comes to this type of a news story. A story like this should be clear and concise, and to the point.

Analysis: Leads (Man hurt outside bar by a hug)

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In the Chicago Tribune article regarding a man who was stabbed outside of a bar in Chicago, the lead definitely hit some of the key points that are necessary to have. First of all, it led with the who (a 24-year old man). Second, it got the what (he was hospitalized after being stabbed by a man who was seemingly going to give the man a hug). Third, it got the when (early in the morning). Finally, it got the where (outside of a Wrigelyville dance bar).

Overall, the lead seems to be somewhat detailed. Parts of the lead weren't horribly specific, for example the who and the when. Parts of it were more detailed, like the what, which in this case, really needs to be specific because it is so strange. But, at the same time, if the lead were not as specific, less straightforward, it could potentially make the article and topic even more interesting.

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