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Analysis: Large data sets and child abuse

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In the Los Angeles Times' article, "Problems keep proliferating at discredited private foster care agency," the author used results from a "damning assessment" from Los Angeles County auditors that investigated Teens Happy Homes, a private foster care agency responsible for hundreds of children.

To produce the story the author looked at the agency's tax returns and determined that the Teens contract tripled its value from $1 million a year to as much as $3.6 million.

The author also used information from interviews and an examination of public records from The Times to deliver the story.

There were no online tools such as interactive graphics used for this news story.

Analysis: Judges Review Speech Limits on Homosexuality

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In the WND Education's article, "Judges Review Speech Limits on Homosexuality," the author reported on the oral arguments in a case challenging California's ban on therapies for "gay" young people who want to be heterosexual.

The author included background information to help readers understand the case with more clarity. He author also included quotes from the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

To help the reader understand the importance of this case, the author included creditable information from psychiatrists and psychologists. The author also provided the sexual indoctrination bills that California has adopted.

In the CNN article, "Alleged rape of 5-year-old spurs protests, reflection in India," the author moves beyond the stereotype of the Indian culture and tells the story from a neutral perspective.

The author moves beyond stereotype into something more substantive by sharing a quote from India's prim minister, Manmohn Singh. Singh admits that India has "vast improvements to make" when it comes to "the safety, security and status of women in our society," reported CNN. This is a substantive example because if we had a reoccurring problem in my culture, I think I would see a similar quote from my mayor or president.

It is essential that the author remains unbiased and had a neutral perspective while reporting on a story from a different culture or ethnic group. I think the author successful in doing so.

The author used multiple sources to tell the story including India's Prime Minister Manmohn Singh, the little girls doctor D.K. Sharma, city police spokesman Rajan Bhagat, and Indian police.

Analysis: Lawrence Fuchs' Obituary

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In The New York Times obituary, "Lawrence Fuch, Expert on Immigration, Dies at 86," the author uses a standard obituary lead by stating the person's name, something notable they accomplished in their life, followed by their date of death and age.

The author used multiple sources to complete this obituary. For instance, information about the cause of death was retrieved from Dr. Fuchs' daughter and a brief summary about his published books "The American Kaleidoscope: Race, Ethnicity and the Civic Culture" and "John F. Kennedy and American Catholicism" were also used in the obituary.

This obituary differs from a resume in many ways. The obituary tells information about Dr. Fuch's life in the 1970's, information that is often removed from a resume and replaced with more recent and relevant information. The obituary also discusses family, colleagues, and other important people who made a difference in Dr. Flush's life, also information that is left out of a resume.

In the CNN's article, "6 teens killed, 2 injured when crash sends SUV into pond," the author used the most relevant facts and kept the story precise.

The author used information from sources such as LT. Anne Ralston of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ashia Cayson, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, and WKBD, an affiliate of CNN.

He began the story with information from Lt. Anne Ralston of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and did not use that source again.

Then, he used quotes from an informal source, Ashia Cayson. He placed both of her quotes in the middle of the story. The information used from the Ohio State Highway Patrol was placed at the end of the story and was clustered together.

The author used no information from records. The majority of the information is from public institutions such as The Ohio Department of Public Safety and The Ohio State Highway Patrol. The WKBN, an affiliate of CNN, was the only private institutional source used. There was also one informal source used, Ashia Cayson, sister of one who was killed.

I thought his method of attributing sources was effective. The author first introduced readers with information from credible sources and then led into personal quotes from an informal source. Finally, he ended the story with information from intuitional sources such as authorities and an affiliate of CNN.

The way the author displayed attribution leaves the readers expecting a follow-up story once the investigation into the cause of the crash is completed.

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