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Students attend school's first integrated prom

Each year, in spite of integration, the white students of Turner County High School had raised money for their own unofficial prom and black students did the same to throw their own separate party, an annual ritual that divided the southern Georgia peanut-farming county each spring. Students of Turner County High School started what they hope will become a new tradition: Black and white students attended the prom together for the first time on Saturday. Both articles quote students of this school who view this prom is a huge success.

CNN:
"We been separated for a while. I sure appreciate how the school got all of us together, and we had a blast" said John Holmes, 16.

AP:
``This is history, baby, this is history,'' said Noriega McKeller, a 19-year-old senior. ``Somebody had to do it. Why couldn't it be us?''

This story is very interesting because both pieces are comprised almost entirely of quotes. Moreover, the quotes come from students of this school who are 16-19 years of age. None of these people can in any way be identified as race relation experts, but because they are firmly integrated into the story their quotes carry more weight then any experts would. Going along on this theme, both reporters for the AP and CNN decided to include the grammatical errors that the juveniles but into their quotes. In reading all the quotes from both stories it is clear that the reporters wanted to establish that those people being quoted are not credible experts but those students involved in the story. This was a great decision on both reporters’ parts because it intensified the conflict, novelty, and timeliness that are the core journalistic values in this story.

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/23/turner.prom/index.html
AP:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6578215,00.html