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CAR analysis

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This story analysis the different tendencies people have while speaking.
In order to do a report on this story in this graphical manner the reporter would have to know how to embed audio onto a webpage as well as posting pictures that could be scrolled through.
Without the interactive graphics no one would ever think that this story was interesting and be prone to reading on after the first one. They really make it interesting by making the styles correspond to famous people then giving an example of what that sounds like.

Numbers Analysis

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Gallup story
The reporter used the numbers to show what cities are considered the safest by its residents and vice-versa. They also use the numbers to describe how many people were surveyed and whether the poll is indicative of crime rates.
The numbers were not overwhelming as anything that could be confusing was explained like the negative correlation between the poll and crime stats.
The reporter did not use math to tell the story more effectively, but provided extra information to reach the meaning of the story, which was to show if people feeling safe has a correlation to people actually being safe.
The sources were provided by the Gallup-Healthways Well-being index survey.

Paul Williams Obituary Analysis

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This obituary has a standard obituary lead.
The news value is rather low because most people do not follow rock journalism and professional critics of rock. Also the magazine is not nationally followed as it was surpassed by Rolling Stone.
The story of someone's life is much more personable compared to the listing of a resume. It goes into detail what he accomplished and provides what others thought of him. You really get a picture of who this person was throughout life, not just work.
Sources include: his wife; Peter Knobler, the man who took over Paul Williams editor position; Robert Christgau, and Paul Williams himself

Speeches/Meetings Analysis

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In President Obama's press conference coverage the reporter decided to start paraphrasing Obama and hooking the reader by saying how the sequester will affect the readers themselves. Colleen Curtis then intrigues with quotes meant to be a little controversial. She later revealed quotes to explain why Obama said what he did.
The reporter then used what Obama hopes to achieve as a kicker.
The reporter used the lead and following paragraph to show why the event was important by stating what is about to take place and how it will affect the country.

Spot and Follow analysis

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I am writing about two stories on the bombing of a Pakistani market
First, Second
The leads of the stories discuss two different happenings. The first discusses the bombing itself as well as the number of casualties while the second discusses possible protest if the bombers responsible are not found.
The second stories main news describes similar events that occurred in the past and how the survivors coped with the blast while the first story broke down the details of the current bombing.
The second story advanced the news by showing how the bombing led to protests and told what kind of building was blown up. It also showed the families issues with burying the dead. It provided more of a feature look at the event rather than the hard-hitting description.

Structure Analysis

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In the Star Tribune's article on sales tax the reporters summarize the important event by stating what the bottom line of the proposed bill is: tax on clothing over $100.
The reporters start the article in somewhat of a feature style by trying to grab readers interested in dresses. The reporters then get the reaction of a store owner. then break down the fact of the bill. Thomas Lee and Adam Belz then show why the bill is being proposed and how it will affect the state. They then get the reaction of someone it will effect. I really like the order except for the fact that I would bring London's attributions behind the main facts of the bill. In the first attribution the reader is still wondering what London is mad at and then I think London's second attribution would group nicely with Bausch.

Attributions Analysis

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In the article written by Tracy Conner and Andrew Mach of NBC News about the manhunt for an ex-LAPD officer there were nine sources used and all of those sources were named.
The sources are well scattered as almost every paragraph of information was attributed to a source and there was not much switching back and forth between sources which made it easy to read.
All of the sources are people and the writers like to attribute the sources before the information is given when paraphrasing. But, with a quote the writers enjoy sandwiching the attribution in between what is said. It is effective, but I would like to see more diversity in the placement of paraphrased attribution. Instead of attributing everything at the front put some behind so things do not get repetitive.
I also believe they did not have to add McMahon's quote of "It's extremely dangerous," that seemed unnecessary.

Nizzel George Analysis

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MPR's lead to the guilty plead of the 17-year old gang member article contains the news elements of who, what, and when.
The who is very general as the man pleading is only described as "a teenager," rather than explaining that they're a gang member or the age of the person.
The what is explained in detail as it is described that the teenager is pleading guilty in the shooting death of Nizzel George.
The when is very general as it is described with just the day of the week, "Friday", instead of saying the time of day, but I have no problem with that element being used generally.
I do though have a problem with the general use of the who element though because Shannon is this person doing the action. He is the main element keeping the timeliness of the story rather than George.
I feel that the second paragraph would actually be a better lead in to the who element and should be used rather than "a teenager" while the sentence about how George died should be moved to the body of the story otherwise it feels like the first sentence of the story is being repeated in the second story.

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