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Analysis: Hospital helicopters

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Hospital helicopters are not used so much for reporting to scenes of accidents as much as they are used for transporting patients from hospital to hospital, the Argus Leader said.
The focus of the story was on whether the cost of hospital helicopters is worth it. Helicopter trips are increasingly expensive, yet increasingly popular, the article said.
The article provides a large amount of numbers. On the first page of the lengthy article, there is a table on the side that provides data from three different hospitals. The data includes the number of Medicare flights, scene of accident flights, hospital transfers, the average cost, and total cost. The information is used to provide details to reference the expenses of hospital helicopters. The table is not interactive. Readers cannot click on the table to get more information.
In order to produce this story, I assume the reporter had to use some basic math skills in order to provide interesting facts and relevant comparisons. The reporter broke down the information in order to make it more comprehensible and easier to follow. Simply stating the numbers would not have been as hard hitting. The way the information was present made the story that much more relevant.
It appears the reporter did not use any computer skills to create this story. The story is basically cut and dry math, reporting, and writing.

Analysis: Obama pressures Congress to reach deal on debt

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Obama held an event today on the White House grounds to pressure Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff, the San Francisco Chronicle said.
The report not only talked about Obama's event, but the event where John Boehner spoke as well.
The article goes beyond simply transcribing the speech by providing background information on why the events were taking place. The reported also provided information on how reporters were solicited to the event.
The report chronicles Obama's plan to lower the National debt, along with the current status of Congress' acceptance of the plan.
The reporter also interviews prominent politicians for their opinions and viewpoints on the topic.
The report goes above and beyond simply reporting on the various speeches. Background information and commentary is pepper throughout the report to provide complete understanding for readers who are not fully up to date on the subject.

Analysis: Mexico labor laws

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There are big changes coming for Mexico's labor laws which have not seen changes in 40 years, USA Today said in an article in the St. Cloud Times.
The news story involved Mexico's workers, which is a different cultural group than my own. The story moves beyond the stereotype of Mexicans. In the U.S., many believe Mexicans do all they can to come and live in the U.S. as illegal immigrants. This article breaks that and specifically interviews hard-working Mexican citizens.
The story features quotes from a variety of laborous Mexican workers. The sources of this story include a construction worker, a worker who used to work accounts receivables departments, among other professionals who are knowledgable on the labor laws in Mexico.
Different professors, specialts, and supporters of Mexican labor laws were interviewed and quoted in this story.
The professionals and supports of the Mexican labor laws add credibility and help break down the stereotypes that many believe of Mexican citizens. This article does an excellent job of providing a news story without a lot of bias.

Analysis of numbers: Malaria vaccine a letdown for infants

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The story on the ineffectiveness of a new malaria vaccine was reported in USA Today on Friday.
The story uses numbers in a variety of ways. The first is how the vaccine is only 30 percent effective in infants. Next, the vaccine is half effective in slightly older children, USA Today said. Malaria kills 650,000 people a year. To prove the vaccine is only 30 percent effective, 6,500 infants were used in the study. Severe malaria was decreased by 26 percent in the study. The production and research of the vaccine has an investment of $300 million.
The numbers are spread throughout the story evenly, so the numbers all flow logically and make sense. The one critique is the use of 30 percent throughout the story. This is the main number in the article, but it is used an overwhelming amount of times. Readers understand the vaccine is only 30 percent effective, but it does not need to be said so many times.
It does not appear that any math was completed. The numbers were likely given and reported as facts in the story.
The sources of the numbers are the World Health Organization, "a new study," the New England Journal of Medicine, a press conference presenting the study, Glaxo (the developer of the vaccine), and a variety of groups of scientists and experts in the field.

Analysis: Jeff Blatnick obituary

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Jeff Blatnick, an Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, had his obituary featured in the New York Times. He was 55.
The only sources that were attributed in the obituary were his wife, Lori, and quotes directly from Blatnick.
The obituary follows a standard obituary structure. The lead follows a typical obituary formula. The rest of the obituary discusses the cause of death and then goes on in a timeline format. Readers are able to follow the course of Blatnick's life easily.
The news value is Blatnick's overcoming cancer in order to compete in the 1984 Olympics and ultimately win gold for the United States in wrestling. He became an inspiration and was well-known to many. Therefore his passing is considered valuable to news.
The obituary differs from a resume because it only lists the parts of his life that are considered inspirational and different from other individuals. It does not list all of the things he was involved in and all the different places he worked. The obituary is solely about giving prominence to the legacy Blatnick will likely leave.

Analysis: Multimedia content on P.O.S. tour cancellation

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In comparing two news organizations, a variety of similarities and differences came about in the announcement of rapper P.O.S. cancelling his music tour due to issues with his kidneys. Kare 11 and the Pioneer Press covered the story in different ways.
Kare 11, a news organization that is on television as well as an organization that posts their news online, posted a video to complement the news story. The article that was posted under the news clip contained nearly the same content as the clip. The clip, along with the words in the article, had a very emotional tone to the story. Readers and viewers are meant to feel sympathetic for the rapper and what he is dealing with. The clip also features video of the interview with the rapper. Viewers are able to see his emotions. This complements the article in a way to provide more emotion to the article than just reading it would have.
The Pioneer Press, a newspaper organization that also posts their content online, had a very different approach. The article was printed in their newspaper and then online. A visual clip did not accompany the article. No pictures were associated with the article. The article was about providing facts on the story. An emotional approach was not taken. The approach was strictly factual.

Analysis: Lance Armstrong loses sponsorships

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The Wall Street Journal article "Nike Drops Lance Armstrong," by Vanessa O'Connell and Reed Albergotti, discusses various sponsors dropping Lance Armstrong after alleged reports Armstrong doped during his past cycling career.
The article begins by addressing the title and Nike dropping Lance Armstrong from their sponsorship. The article then moves on to report on the resignation of Armstrong as chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The press release is found on the foundation's website. The article then addresses RadioShack's decision to cut ties with Armstrong. Following this, the reporters give background on the reports of Armstrong's alleged doping.
The progression does not follow a logical progression. The title of the article is under inclusive as well. The article would be stronger if it followed a more logical progression.
The beginning of the article is strong. The allegations of doping should be further up in the article. Many readers may not have been aware of the allegations, thus unaware of the reasons companies are dropping Armstrong. After the background, RadioShack cutting ties with Armstrong would have been logical. Finally, Armstrong stepping down from his foundation would be best to close off. This would be a more logical progression in my mind.

Analysis: Coach Jerry Kill's seizure after Gophers' loss

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In the article published by the Pioneer Press, the author, Marcus Fuller, uses a variety of sources. Fuller names a total of three sources. The University of Minnesota press release is the first source. The press release gives specific details about the timing and location of the seizure, the current status of Jerry Kill, and when future information will be provided. This source is used toward the beginning of the article and is attributed well.
The second named source is Dr. Thaddeus Walczak who Fuller reports is a neurologist for the Minnesota Comprehensive Epilepsy Program. This source gives background information on seizures and relates it to coach Kill's condition. Walczak does not appear to work directly with Kill, but he was able to provide information to help the general public understand the situation. Fuller sets up the attribution before providing a quote from Walczak. Attribution preceding the the quote is effective for his credentials help assure readers that Walczak is credible.
Jerry Kill is the third named source. Kill's words from the press conference preceding his seizure were used in the article. The quote discusses the Gophers' loss to Northwestern. The attribution is in the middle of the quote and is effective for readers already know who Kill is.
Fuller spaces out the named sources throughout the whole story. The press release is at the very beginning of the story. Walczak is used multiple times in the middle of the story. Kill's quotes are the very last lines of the story.
Fuller's use of sources helps give the story credibility and reliability.

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