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Analysis: Attribution

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Harvin Wants Vikings to Consider Trading Him
In this article about Minnesota Viking's running back Percy Harvin, over 5 different sources are used and quoted. Some were partial quotes, for example, "On Wednesday, Peterson said he was sure the organization would "do what it takes" to keep Harvin around." Partial quotes like this work in the context because the reader does not need to know everything that Peterson is saying, they just need to know his thoughts on keeping his teammate around.
In the second paragraph the author does not name the source. Instead, he says, "a source close to the situation". Although he is not naming the source it still shows that the source does know what is going on and the reader won't question the reliability of the source.
The reporter sets up the attribution mostly at the end of the sourced information.
The way this story is attributed is effective for this context.
Most of the information in this story comes from people. Harvin's playing statistics come from team records.

Analysis: Lead

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Atlanta (CNN) -- The young Georgia woman fighting a flesh-eating bacteria underwent a successful skin graft this week as she continues her astounding recovery.
This lead did a very good job of getting to the point and including the most important aspect of the story. In just 22 words and one sentence the reader knows exactly what the following story is about.
Who, what, where, when and why are all covered in this lead. Who-a Georgia woman, what-had a skin graph, where-Georgia, when-this week, why-flesh eating bacteria.
The author used a straight-forward news lead, which seemed very effective in this case.

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