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Analysis: Computer-assisted reporting

An article about the ineffectiveness of carbon-offsets used computer-assisted reporting.

The reporter used numbers that discussed expenses, prices, and other numbers.

The reporter likely had to know basic search skills and the ability to find online documents and read them for the proper information.

While much of this information could likely have been found without a computer, the use of one is like to have made it significantly easier for the reporter to find the proper information.

Analysis: Diversity

An article in the Examiner talks about African Americans hosting a 5K walk.

The news article does not cast stereotypes on the African American community, said Martin Walker, himself an African American adult.

The article uses some data to back up claims as well as some African American history.

Overall, the article does not make sweeping behavior or social accusations at the African American community.

Analysis: Numbers in story about Twins stadium

An article in the Star Tribune about the Twins' new stadium, Target Field, used several numbers to help describe the story.

The reporter used several different ways to express numbers. Discussing the growth of the area around Target Field, they talked about the average number of steps around the field, estimates of the number of visitors expected, and expected percent change in growth.

The numbers aren't overwhelming as they are sprinkled throughout the story and used in a tasteful manner that doesn't leave a reader feeling like they're simply swallowing figures.

Figures aren't always accompanied by sources, though some of the more official ones use statistics that are laid out in the story.

Analysis: Obituary about Elinor Smith

The New York Times ran an obituary about Elinor Smith, one of the youngest pioneers of aviation.

Although this article is from the New York Times, it surprisingly does not follow the typical fashion of a New York Times obituary. The style is more creative and fluid.

Sources used include interviews that she did with various people and also with her son following her death.

The lead does work as it really tackles what the article is all about - a woman who loved flying and was one of flight's pioneers.

Unlike a resume, which simply lists accomplishments, this obituary tells the story of a the life of a woman. It doesn't just say that she was born here, grew up there, did this, did that. Instead, it takes a fraction of her life and shows how it can categorically be applied to much of her life.

Analysis: News report about press conference

President Obama gave a speech on clean energy and UPI reported about it.

The reporter was careful when crafting the story to avoid quite a bit of the filler in Obama's speech.

Obama's speech had jokes, stories, and other filler that was there to take up space and persuade those there that clean energy is a good idea for the United States.

The article by UPI on the other hand focuses on presenting the points Obama was trying to make without the persuasion and jokes. Only key points were brought up in the article, mostly those that focused on why the president though clean energy was a good idea, things he would like to see done, and specific incentives he offered through a clean energy bill.

Analysis: Multimedia options in health care summit story

BBC News and Politico used similar styles when presenting multimedia to the audience reading the story about the health care summit.

Both had the basic story talking about the summit, and they enhanced it with multimedia.

The BBC News article featured the story along with video of parts of the summit, as well as pictures with captions, and quotes enlarged off to the side from analysts who watched the summit.

The Politico article was more straight writing. It had the story and video of parts of the speech. There were no pictures of it in the story, though on the front page, it had several large pictures as it was the feature article for the day.

Both articles' multimedia helped add to the news story by adding another dimension. You weren't just reading about the summit - you could see what they said and the context of it, see the layout in the pictures, etc.

The video obviously didn't have writing in it - it was speeches given from politicians. The pictures in the BBC News article did add to the dimension and context of the story, helping give it more character.

Analysis: Updates in story about baby killed by dog

The Star Tribune and WCCO stories about the baby being killed by the dog had a few minor, but interesting difference in detail.

The WCCO story was last updated on Friday shortly after police announced that the death had happened. It mostly talked about the event as the police describe, plus a little bit of information on the breed of the dog taken from the Humane Society.

The lead for WCCO reads like breaking news, while the Star Tribune article leads much more into the story.

The Star Tribune article was updated later in the day and includes quite a bit more information.

The article gives the news and adds more human emotions into the story, incorporating several quotes, details about the dog and the family, interviews with neighbors, and even a quote and information from a website that is specifically about supposedly vicious dogs.

While the stories both gave the need-to-know information, they did it in two similar, but different, ways.

Analysis: Progression in story about Olympic luge death

The story by the New York Times on the death of Olympic Luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili used an interesting progression of story.

The reporter summarized almost the entire story in the first paragraph, though added some unnecessary, but catchy and heartstring-pulling emotions into the lead.

The story first starts with the summarizing lead, followed by a more detail-oriented second paragraph that with the lead almost could be the story itself.

From there, it gives a bit of the narrative of the story, continuing to safety concerns, and then giving more background on Kumaritashvili, followed by many quotes from people who experienced the track, coaches, etc.

For this story, it seems to flow quite well and pulls at the right emotions while also giving a fair look at the story.

Analysis: Sources in story about "Mein Kampf"

The article in the Telegraph used a variety of sources when talking about the potential republishing of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf".

The article used many sources, including historical organization, government organizations, cultural groups, and specific people. These include names such as the Institute of Contemporary History, Bavaria's finance ministry, and Jewish group leaders.

While many organizations were named, there were very few names of specific people in the article except for the Adolf Hitler.

Attribution is used throughout the article, stating who said the facts or opinions that are being reported and overall, the story seems to take advantage of sources very well.

Analysis: Leads in story about Centennial Shooting

The report of a student shot outside of Centennial Hall on Monday by the Minnesota Daily got straight to the point with the its lead.

The article properly addressed the three most crucial W's in breaking news: what happened, who was affected, and where did it take place.

The entire lead was mostly generalized, not naming the student and providing a vague time, though it did address where the crime took place in slightly more detail, saying that it happened outside Centennial Hall.

Overall, it appears that the lead was written in a hard-news fashion addressing the most pressing questions while leaving the rest to the rest of the story.

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