May 6, 2007

Reflection

The future of the journalism industry is a bit undecided, I have learned. Personally, I think there still will be newspapers and magazines and "print media" as a whole; however, it's difficult to come to terms with the fact that internet journalism will be taking over. I wouldn't exactly mind writing for an online publication, but there is something different about it. Seeing your name in print (in a newspaper or magazine) is different than seeing your name on a computer screen.

This may have something to do with the generation I grew up in. We were raised learning how to use the internet so it doesn't really hold a special place in our hearts. For those in the generation before us (e.g. my parents), perhaps the internet and online journalism is more highly valued; therefore, seeing their name in a byline online would be exciting.

For me, I feel that seeing my name in print would be more gratifying, more rewarding that on a screen. I think we all are going to have to realize this may be the future of journalism and we might need to just accept it. At some point in our lives, we will probably have to write for online. Not to say we won't be able to write for newspapers or magazines, but we need to work our way up somehow. And writing for the internet is better than not having a job.

April 24, 2007

2008 presidential debates online

Yahoo, Huffington Post and Slte have teamed up to host two presidential debates (2008) online... and online only. It will give voters a chance to ask their own questisons - actually participate in the debate. This seems to be an extension of the technological-themed race so far. Candidates are using the internet to their advantage, posting blogs, videos on YouTube and banner ads, creating MySpace pages and having "extremely well designed websites."

The first article I looked at is from caribjournal.com and can be found here: http://caribjournal.com/2007/04/23/online-presidential-debates-now-more-tech-savvy-new-minty-flavor/

This article is very colorful with lots of quotes paired with great information on the event. It has a little bit of a delayed lead, but we find out in the second paragraph that the information was released on Monday, showing timeliness. The impact is pretty evident, or at least the impact that the cadidates are trying to have:

**"...These debates represent a further merging of new media technology and politics, and are a great opportunity to bring more people into the political process, and engage the new generation of young voters who spend so much of their time – and get so much of their information – online.?**

The article has some sort of prominence, since the three companies (Yahoo, Huffington and Slate) are fairly well-known, which makes news. The article mentions other names such as Charlie Rose, who will host the event and Howard Dean, who will give the opening remarks for the Democratic debate. This gives the article even more prominence. This event definitely has novelty and the article really shows its unusualness:

**The world’s first online debates in human history have been planned for both democratic and republican candidates.**

Simply, it is a first and constitutes as human interest. Regarding the supplemental values, it is definitely helpful. The article gives a lot of information on the debates including why they are doing them online, what it is going to be like, etc. so that readers can decide whether they would like to tune in.

The second article I read is from MSNBC.com and can be found here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18271517/

This article contains many of the same news values as the first. It is timely because the presidential race is just starting to take off, however the article does not include the date that the info was released. For all we know, it could've been a week ago. The impact isn't as reiterated as in the first article, however it does mention the following, the impact on the public:

**Voters will be invited to submit questions, and can blog in real time to share their opinions on the candidates' answers.**

This article has prominence and novelty for the same reasons as the first article and is helpful as well. This is something that impacts everyone; therefore, it could be considered a necessity in both articles because both stress the turn from everything being televised to everything online.

I think both of these articles are well done, however the first one was more fun to read, in my opinion. The lead put you into context - I think that is what grabbed me right away and that is why i prefer that one over the second. It's not boring. There are some quotes in it that are way too long, however... a lot of them could be paraphrased. The second reporter did a better job with that.

Minnesotan woman in karaoke bust

Friday, Tracy Anna Brock of Burnsville pleaded guilty in the federal court to reporducing and uploading copyright-protected karaoke tunes onto hundreds of hard drives and selling them on ebay.

The first article I read is from the Pioneer Press and can be found at http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_5735351

The reporter shows timeliness by simply stating that Brock pleaded to the felony on Friday, showing it's newsworthy. The event doesn't directly affect the reader or everyday person, however the article notes the impact on Brock herself:

**Brock faces up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines when U.S. District Judge David Doty sentences her.**

It also gives information on the rights of businesses, which incinuates the impact doing something like this will have on you:

**Businesses can file civil suits seeking to protect their property, but federal authorities also are targeting thieves for criminal prosecution. Convictions can translate into prison time and huge fines.**

This article does show proximity, since Brock is a Minnesotan (from Burnsville). Regarding the supplemental values, the reporter shows some currency in the article:

**The bust is part of the Justice Department's broader initiative to combat online auction piracy. Brock sold her illicit goods on eBay and other online auction sites, where illegally copied music, movies and software are widely available.**

By mentioning that this is an "initiative" of the Justice Department, it shows that this problem has been a trend and a subject that needs to be taken care of.

The second article I read is from the Star Tribune and can be found here: http://www.startribune.com/467/story/1139222.html

This article concentrates on the actual event of Brock being brought to federal court and charged, not the broad topic and attempts by the government to control scams like this. The article does have timeliness, however it doesn't come until the third paragraph:

**U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose said in a news release Monday that it is the "first ever criminal conviction related to infringement of copyrighted karaoke music and is part of the Department of Justice's broader initiative to combat online auction piracy."**

This sentence in itself more than one news value (in addition to timeliness). It shows that the event has novelty, being the "first ever" of something. It also shows currency because of the "broader initiative" that it mentions. The article also mentions the impact that this had on Brock herself, similar to the first article. However, the reporter for the Star Tribune mentions something that the Pioneer Press does not:

**"I'm here to plead guilty of conspiring to violate copyright laws," said Brock, who has agreed to help prosecute others involved in the conspiracy in a deal that will spare her additional charges.**

That is almost more of sentence for human interest - it could make the reader go, "huh." The fact that Brock admitted to everything she did adds to this, as well.

I think that this story itself is very intruiging and both articles did a pretty good job reporting it. I think the second article from the Star Tribune is more interesting because it talks about the specific incident rather than the whole topic. However, I feel that the two articles just took different approaches to the issue. I just prefer the second.

Sheryl Crow and global warming

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, a huge supporter of the fight against global warming has been on a U.S. college tour promoting this call to action. Now, she has some possible solutions to the problem, posted on her website, that include a limitation on how much toilet paper one can use after using the restroom. She says if we all limit to one square of T.P., we can help save trees and therefore oxygen.

The first article I looked at is from www.theage.co.au, an australian news source. It can be found here: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/04/24/1177180611060.html

This article basically wraps up everything that Crow posted on her website, highlighting the toilet paper comment. It gives statements from the site but no actual quotes from Crow or her spokesman, which is stated at the end of the article. The reporter shows that this is somewhat timely, seeing as she has been on the road, exposing people to this issue:

**Crow said she had spent most of an environmental tour of US college campuses thinking of easy ways for people to battle climate change.**

The article does not really show an impact that this has on everyone, since these suggestions are just Crow's ideas. However, they incinuate that they could eventually affect everyday people or could encourage them to follow through with some of Crow's ideas. The article clearly has prominence because it talks about a famous "rockstar." The reporter does not show two sides to the issue, however it is common knowledge that global warming is being heavily debated right now. One phrase actually showed some bias on the reporter's part in the article:

**"I have designed a clothing line that has what's called a 'dining sleeve.' The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another 'dining sleeve,' after usage," she explained in the increasingly bizarre posting.

This takes away some of the reporter's credibility and certainly hints at the fact that there is more than one side to the issue. Asking people to use one square of toilet paper when using the bathroom and posting it on her website is a bit unusual, which gives the article novelty. It possibly is an action the "first of its kind."

The second article I read is from the National Post in Canada and can be found here: http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=72a39c08-1e25-4291-9ffe-9de4372e76a3&k=30838

At the top of this article, in the byline, it reads:

**Agence France-Presse, with files from news services."

Oddly enough, the first article that I read was basically a part of this article. The whole first 2/3 of this one is the first article, with a few small words changed. However, it is longer, using information from other articles, apparently, and goes into more detail about the global warming issue as a whole. The article has timeliness, and is shown more clearly than the first one deos because it discusses what Crow and Laurie David, who accompanied her on the tour, were doing this past weekend:

**On the weekend, Ms. Crow along with Laurie David, producer of Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, attempted to convert Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's top advisor, to their greener way of thinking.**

The impact isn't clearly stated in this article either, it is only incinuated. The only impact that is shown is the article is the impact that Crow and David are trying to make on government officials. The article obviously shows prominence, because of the celebrities involved. What this reporter included that the other did not was the conflict:

**However, a fracas broke out after the two women approached Mr. Rove at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday night and urged him to take a "fresh look" at global warming.

Recriminations between the celebrities and the White House carried over into Sunday, with Ms. Crow and Ms. David calling Mr. Rove "a spoiled child throwing a tantrum" and the White House criticizing their "Hollywood histrionics."

The one thing all three parties agree on is that the conversation quickly became heated.

Like Mr. Gore, who has been criticized for maintaining a energy-guzzling Tennessee mansion that costs more than US$28,000 a year to heat, Ms. Crow is struggling to reduce her carbon footprint.**

This is important to the issue of global warming and an insight into what Crow and David's mission is on their tour and what their mission was for the government, which turned into somewhat of a conflict. The event is a novelty of some sorts for the same reason as the first article.

I think the second article is much more complete and shows real news while the first one just gives the basis. Although they both start out the same, the second one elaborates and gives some good details as to why this is timely and why Crow is putting these suggestions on her site. However, I think the real knews is the "Recriminations between the celebrities and the White House." In my opinion, that should be the lead and focus of the story.

April 17, 2007

Minnesota college's emergency plans

Since yesterday's shootings at Virginia Tech, colleges and university's al over the country have been reviewing their emergency plans, Minnesota included. However, college officials in Minnesota are not promising that they are able to prevent a tragedy like Virginia Tech suffered.

The first article I looked at is from the Star Tribune and can be found here: http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1125132.html

The article shows timeliness because of the massacre at Virginia Tech yesterday; therefore it is appropriate to discuss emergency plans and procedures for other college campuses. The article also shows, as a whole, the impact that the shootings had on Minnesota and authorities:

**Melinda Voss, spokeswoman for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, said its 37 institutions have their own policies, procedures and technology to avert such tragedies. All "are in a state of heightened awareness" because of the Virginia shootings, she said.**

Because of the tragedy, universities are looking more closely at their systems. The article brings up the conflict at Virginia Tech and discusses in short the opinion of an authority - U of M Police Chief Greg Hestness:

**Although some Virginia Tech students have questioned the time it took to notify them of the situation, Hestness said he was reserving judgment until he learns more.**

This article could serve as human interest; there is no doubt that people around the country are wondering how safe their college campus is and what precautions are being taken as far as safety and security goes. Regarding the supplemental values, the article shows currency because the subject is worthy of discussion for the same reason as the article exists as a human interest story. It is somewhat necessary for the public to know about the different colleges in Minnesota and their safety procedures and systems because many people who are reading the article will know someone or is someone who attends those colleges. It is helpful for that reason, as well.

The second article I read is from WCCO.com and can be found here: http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_107091514.html

This article is much shorter, but proves the same point. It shows timeliness because of the shootings in Virginia yesterday:

**Officials at Minnesota's colleges and universities say they have emergency plans designed to handle dangerous situations like yesterday's shootings at Virginia Tech.**

Their action is a result of the incident. This also shows the impact the shootings had on officials at Minnesota colleges, similar to the first article. One paragraph suggests the conflict regarding the lack of action taken by officials during the incident at Virginia Tech. It says specifically what would happen if an incident similar to the one in Virginia happened at the Universtiy of St. Thomas:

**Jim Winterer, spokesman for the University of St. Thomas, and Doug Stone, spokesman for Macalester College, said their campuses have close ties to St. Paul police and fire crews. Winterer said news of a shooter on campus would summon police in about two minutes and an e-mail alert would go out within 10 minutes.**

The article is a human interest story and shows currency for the same reasons as the first article does: it is worthy of discussion and therefore necessary because safety is important. However, it becomes more of a human interest story because of the shootings at Virginia Tech yesterday - safety is on everyone's minds. It is helpful to know about the University's security systems for those who attend the U or for those who know someone who goes there.

I think that the first article is way more thorough and complete, and for good reason. It gathers information about many colleges around the Twin Cities and their security systems, while the second article just talks about the U. The first article also discusses the specific things that happened yesterday in Virginia and compared it to procedures that are set here at the colleges in Minnesota.

Cured meats = risk for lung disease?

The American Thoracic Society will be publishing an article in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine that indicates a possible connection between the consumption of cured meats (such as sausage, bacon and luncheon meats) and chronic ovstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The first article I read is from FOXnews.com and can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,266295,00.html

The article shows timeliness, since this study will be published in the second issue for April 2007 in the journal. It shows very thoroughly the impact this has on the public by describing the study and other causes of COPD, as well:

**Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD, but with a projection of rising to the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2020, researchers are looking for other causes.**

**This study of 7,352 participants over the age of 45 found that those who ate more than 14 servings of cured meats per month had a significant lower lung function test and increased odds of COPD, as compared with those that did not eat cured meats.**

These are just two of the many facts that show the impact individuals' behaviors have on their health. This event has novelty because it is a brand new study and, simply, because it is a human interest story. As far as the supplemental values go, the article shows that the events have currency, necessity and helpfulness. The article has currency because it something worthy of discussion - our health. The things we eat and the decisions we make impact our health, and therefore it is important to know about. The article has necessity and helpfulness for the same reasons.

The second article I looked at is from scientificamerican.com, originally from Reuters Health. It can be found here: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?alias=cured-meat-consumption-li&chanId=sa003&modsrc=reuters

The second article shows timeliness, for it mentions the fact the this is "new research." Through the results of the actual study, the article shows the impact eating cured meat can have:

**Subjects who consumed cured meat at least 14 times per month were 78-percent more likely to develop COPD than those who never consumed it, a statistically significant difference. The corresponding increased risk of mild, moderate, and severe COPD were 11 percent, 46 percent, and 141 percent.**

However, this article does not go into the smoking aspect of COPD - something the first article did. This article also has novelty, for it is a new study that was conducted with new imformation coming out of it. It has currency, necessity and helpfulness for the same reasons as the first article did; it is worthy of discussion and people should know about the possible effects of eating a lot of cured meat.

I think the second article is more to the point and concentrates on the actual information that has been released through the study. The second article goes into detail about smoking and how that worsens lung function and puts individuals at risk for lung disease. However, this is not new information. It wouldn't be bad to have a short paragraph stating that it still the leading cause of lung disease, but there is no reason to go into detail about it. Almost everyone knows that.

Virginia Tech Shootings

On Monday, a gunman shot and killed 32 people at Virginia Tech and then proceeded to kill himself, making it the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. He first went to a dorm at the university where he shot and killed a man and woman. He then went to a engineering buildling where he killed 30 more people. The university and police are under pressure to explain why the did not notify the studentbody and the faculty sooner after the first shooting. Today (Tuesday) the president of the university, Charles Stege, released the information that the gunman was a student.

The first article I read is from MSNBC.com and can be found here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18151625/

This article concentrates on the new information about the guman - the fact that he was a student at the university; therefore, it serves as more of a follow-up article. For the most part, it assumes that the reader knows about the shootings. Due to the fact that it is more of a follow-up article, it is shorter in length; however, it goes contain many news values. It is obviously timely, since this event just happened yesterday. Because it is an online article, the reporters are able to update it more than if they were only able to publish it in paper form or on television. The article definitely shows impact. It shows the impact it has on the police and university:

**...the police and university authorities came under pressure to explain how a gunman apparently evaded detection after killing two people and then went on to kill 30 others in America's worst shooting incident.**

The article shows the impact the students felt in result of this issue:

**Many students expressed anger that they were not warned of any danger until more than two hours after the first attack at a dormitory, and then only in an e-mail from the university.**

It is surprising that there are no interviews with students in this article, but since it is a follow-up, it concentrates on the new facts that are being brought to the table - not the enormous emotional impact this event has on the students involved. Everybody knows how they feel.. now what exactly happened and what is going to happen? This article shows the conflict of the event itself as well as the controversy over the action or lack of action that was taken by officals. Through the phrase above and the following two, the reporter shows the students and the officials side to the issue:

**Mr Steger said the authorities thought the initial shooting at around 7.15am, which took place in the West Ambler Johnston dormitory, was a "domestic fight, maybe a murder-suicide", adding: "We thought it was confined to that dormitory."**

**We knew that there was a shooting but we thought it was confined to a particular setting," Mr Steger had told a press conference late on Monday night, explaining the lack of more urgent measures such as evacuating the sprawling grounds or shutting down the whole campus, which has more than 25,000 students.**

The event is pretty clearly a novelty, since this does not happen everyday and because it is "America's worst shooting incident," as the article says. Regarding the supplemental values, the event does have currency, for it is a subject worthy of discussion and school shootings have happened all over the country over the last 10 years. The fact that the article is concentrated on the fact that the gunman was identified as a student at Virginia Tech is news that is very important; it must be disclosed. This gives the article necessity. It is necessary for the country to know about this incident as a whole because we can possibly learn from their mistakes and the things they did right in such a horrible situation.

The second article I read is from CBS.com and can be found here: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/17/ap/national/main2692957.shtml

This article goes way more in depth with the incident than the last one did. Although they have a similar headline, "Gunman was a student," this second article recaps the entire incident up to what they know now. Therefore, it is must longer. The article shows timeliness, since it just happened yesterday and the new information indicating that the gunman was a student was released today. The impact is definitely shown in this article through quotes. Just a few include:

**"For Ryan and Emily and for those whose names we do not know," one woman pleaded in a church service Monday night.

Another mourner added: "For parents near and far who wonder at a time like this, 'Is my child safe?'"

His friend Gregory Walton, a 25-year-old who graduated last year, said he feared the nightmare had just begun.

"I knew when the number was so large that I would know at least one person on that list," said Walton, a banquet manager. "I don't want to look at that list. I don't want to.

"It's just, it's going to be horrible, and it's going to get worse before it gets better."**

This article shows prominence in a small way, but it is definitely there. It mentions President Bush coming to the memorial service Tuesday:

**President Bush planned to attend a memorial service Tuesday afternoon at the university...**

Although it merely mentions it, it is in the third paragraph of the article, which indicates the importance of it: names make news. This article also shows conflict in the same way the first one does. It gives the two sides of the story regarding the action officials took and did not take during the time of crisis:

**Steger said the university was trying to notify students who were already on-campus. "We warned the students that we thought were immediately impacted," he told CNN. "We felt that confining them to the classroom was how to keep them safest."

"I think the university has blood on their hands because of their lack of action after the first incident," said Billy Bason, 18, who lives on the seventh floor of the dorm.**

The article shows novelty for the same reason as the first: it was unexpected and not a part of everyday life. It also was called the "deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history." Concerning the supplemental news values, the article shows currency by talking about other campus shootings and massacres in U.S. history, indicating trends and a subject that IS worthy of discussion. The information in this article is necessary for readers to know because it is breaking news, national news. Like the other article, other universities can learn from Virginia Tech's mistakes and from the things they did right in this kind of situation to better security.

The second article was a little too long, in my opinion. Although it is much more thorough than the first, it seems like the reporter wanted to put everything he/she could into the article; it includes the newest information, a synopsis on the event, a few of the deaths and a mini-obituary on those whose names were released, history on past shootings... I don't think that the reporter did a very good job of selecting what information to concentrate on in the article. The first article, however was really short and to the point. Although it doesn't give any quotes that show the emotional impact on the students, that is not what the article is about. It seems like the reporter made a conscious decision to write about this new info and insert some other facts in there, as well. I think this reporter did a good job of including the information about the event itself into the article without making a big deal of it. For example:

**Mr Steger said the authorities thought the initial shooting at around 7.15am, which took place in the West Ambler Johnston dormitory, was a "domestic fight, maybe a murder-suicide", adding: "We thought it was confined to that dormitory."**

This tells what Steger said, however includes the time and place of the event in case a reader did not read about that before this article. Overall, I think that the second article is easier to read and follow what is going on.

April 15, 2007

Public document - agenda packet

The topic I have chosen for my final news feature is the Central Corridor light rail transit project for the Twin Cities area. To obtain an agenda packet that has information about this topic, I contacted the Metropolitan Council, "the regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and providing essential services to the region," according to its website www.metrocouncil.org. Originally, I contacted David Vessel, the transportation specialist for the council. He referred me to Robin Caufman, the manager of public involvement for the Central Corridor project.

I found it extremely easy to find an agenda packet for a public meeting. Robin got back to me very quickly after I had contacted the council and seemed eager to help. She directed me straight to their website where I can find agenda, minutes and powerpoint presentations made to the Corridor Management Committee, Community Advisory Committee and the Business Advisory Councils. All of it was available on the internet, in PDF form. The information offered is very straight forward. The process as well as the information itself is comprehensible for an average citizen. Many people refer to the internet first to find immediate information. Metropolitan Council offers a lot of information like these agenda packets online, which serve these people who have access to the internet. However, for those who do not have access to online sources, it may be a little bit more difficult to access it as quickly.

I also gathered a source from this! Robin agreed to an interview for my news feature. I plan on asking her to refer me to other individuals that could possibly serve as helpful sources, as well.

April 4, 2007

Red Lake Indian Reservation

Recently, the bodies of two young brothers were found in First Thunders Lake, near the Red Lake Indian Reservation. The boys had disappeared in November of 2006 and the parents had believed since that they had been abducted. Authorities have not found any evidence of foul play, but think there is a possibility that the boys wandered away from home, went onto the frozen lake and fell through the ice. A full autopsy report has not been released but the statement was released saying the boys died of "probable fresh water drowning."

This indian reservation was also the location that 16-year-old Jeff Weise killed his grandfather and his grandfather's companion, killed seven people at the high school and then killed himself.

Do we see a pattern here? The boys who recently were found dead are believed to had wandered away from home. Where were the parents? Isn't it dangerous to leave a 4 and 2 year old by themselves outside? What about Weise; what were the reasons behind him killing nine people and then himself? Is it the Red Lake Indian Reservation community? Or just pure coincidence? Why are there particular neighborhoods where more commonly have tragic events take place?

Sources:

Floyd Jourdain, Jr. - Red Lake Tribal Chairman: 218.679.3341
Ralph Boelter - FBI Special Agent: 612.376.3200
Oran Beaulieu - Tribal Health Director at Red Lake: 218.679.3316

April 3, 2007

Blood type conversion

A report was released on Sunday stating that Danish researchers found a way to convert individuals' blood type from A, B and AB to the universal donor type, O. This could possibly end blood shortages.

The first article I looked at is from ABC News and can be found here: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=3001613

The article has timeliness because it tells the reader right off the bat that the report was released on Sunday. The article also shows that the event has impact, because it is breaking news. It has an international impact:

** "The enzymatic conversion processes we describe hold promise for achieving the goal of producing universal red blood cells, which would improve the blood supply while enhancing the safety of clinical transfusions," Clausen and his team conclude.**

This information isn't given to the reader until the last paragraph. The reader may ask him or herself, 'Why does this matter?' if they don't pick up on the implied meaning of this new discovery. It is a novelty, since this kind of process has never been done before. The article shows this by telling of the studies done before this one and how they have failed:

** More than two decades ago, researchers began testing the concept of removing the surface proteins on red blood cells to create universal blood cells, according to the report in the April 1st online issue of Nature Biotechnology.
In 2000, findings from a trial showed that type B red blood cells could be converted into type O cells, which then survive normally when given to type A and O individuals. However, the usefulness of this approach was limited by the large amount of enzymes required for the conversion. **

It is also a novelty because it is human interest. It has currency, as well; because it has an impact on so many people around the world, it becomes worthy of discussion. Therefore, because this event has an impact on so many health-wise, it is a necessity, not to mention helpful for people to know about. It is important for people to know about this option.

The second article I read is from ImediNews, found here: http://www.imedinews.ge/en/news_read/30732

It is a short article, but contains many news values and explains the situation to every day people, without the scientific jargon. The article does not say he day this information was released but it does say "April 2" in the dateline. This is one of the few downfalls to this article, for the reader doesn't know exactly what day this came about. The article does show the event has impact, even more so than the first. The headline itself, "Breakthrough could end blood shortages" shows the impact it may have on the public. In comparison to the first article, titled, "Blood types A, B converted to type O just doesn't do it - it doesn't get to the point. This article's lead shows the impact right away:

**An international research team led by a Danish scientist has developed a process to change blood types, which could spell the end of blood shortages.**

The article doesn't show novelty like the first one did; it doesn't go into past studies on this procedure. But it does show currency, necessity and helpfulness in the same way the previous article does.

I think that both of these articles are plainly written, but contain enough news values to make it helpful and show it has an impact. In my opinion, the reporters could have found a way to directly relate this finding to the people, state what this discovery could do for us as a human race. It could save lives, clearly, but it doesn't say that in the article. It is up to the reader to think about that. Also, the first article uses a lot of jargon - I don't feel that it was simplified enough for the every day person who isn't educated in scientific terms to read. The second article spells out the details of what the procedure is about very clearly and directly.

Minnesota brothers found in lake

Two brothers who went missing in November from their home on an Indian Reservation were found dead on Sunday not far from their home. Authorities are not sure exactly what happened, although one theory says they wandered away from their yard, went onto the frozen lake and fell through. Autoposies will be done on the boys, which may help authorities discover what happened.

The first article I found on the event is from USA Today and can be found here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-04-02-minn-boys_N.htm

This article is fairly short but gives the details of the event clearly. The event has timeliness because it just happened on Sunday; the article indicates this. The article definitely shows the impact the event has on the people involved in the case, like the FBI agent:

**"Today our worst fears were confirmed," said FBI agent Ralph Boelter.**

It doesn't go into detail about the family's reaction to the findings of their sons; this may be because they were unable to get quotes from them, or perhaps it was a conscious decision, since all parents who lose a child are sad and remorseful. The article does mention the impact it had on the community as well as a past incident that affected the community, as well:

**The Red Lake reservation is the same place where 16-year-old Jeff Weise killed his grandfather and grandfather's companion on March 21, 2005, then went to the high school and killed seven more people, including a teacher and a security guard, before killing himself.**

This article has proximity to a Minnesotan because this happened in Minnesota, however the article is from USA Today; therefore, it is not directed at Minnesotans. There is some conflict shown here, because they are not sure exactly what happened to the two boys. The event is a novelty of some sorts because it doesn't happen every day. And, of course, they have been looking for the boys for awhile now. Regarding the supplemental aspects of news values, the article shows currency with the event. This case has been going on since November, therefore it is worthy of discussion.

The second article I looked at is from kare11.com. It can be found here: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=249686

Although this article is from the Associated Press originally, I feel it contains more news values and caters to Minnesotans more than the first article. First of all, the article is timely because it clarifies that the boys were found on Sunday. However, we don't find out this until the third paragrph, which I thought was interesting. Perhaps the reporter didn't think that was the most important information, but they put this quote (which the other article contains as well) before it:

**"Our worst fears were confirmed," FBI Special Agent Ralph Boelter said, announcing that the two tiny bodies had been found about a half-mile from their home.**

This was an interesting choice, I think. The event has impact and the article shows this. It uses way more quotations to convey emotion than the first one:

**"So many people were hoping for the safe return of these boys back home," Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. said in a statement late Sunday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in the wake of this disappointing news, and their heartbreaking loss."**

**"I'm grateful that we found the bodies," Boelter said. "Obviously it's very tragic for the families involved as well as the Red Lake Community."**

These quotations show the impact the event had on the people involved in the case as well as those who live on the same reservation as the boys' family. The article ends in the same way as the first one did, mentioning this former event, with this paragraph:

**The reservation had faced another tragedy less than two years before the boys' disappearance. On March 21, 2005, 16-year-old Jeff Weise killed his grandfather and the grandfather's girlfriend on the reservation, then went to the high school and killed seven more people, including a teacher and a security guard, before killing himself.**

The article does have proximity because it is from kare11.com in Minnesota, where the event took place. Although it was from the Associated Press, the article was appropriately used by a Minnesota news source. The article shows some conflict and unusualness for the same reasons as the first article does. This story also has currency because it is a subject worthy of discussion; the search for the boys has gone on for a long time and finally, their bodies are found.

I think these two articles both explain the situation and the event welll; they use a lot of the same information, obviously, and some of the same quotes. In my opinion, the second one really "hits home," not only because of the proximity but because of the quotes the reporter inserted into the story. Getting quotes from those involved in a case like this makes it easier to read and more interesting to read, as well. The reader understands how people feel about this. Although it may be obvious that people are going to feel sad after a tragic event like this, it is always something people want to hear.

March 27, 2007

Original 'Harry Potter' Cast will finish films

After rumors surfaced about new actors playing some of the roles of the lead characters in the Harry Potter movies, the original cast signed to return for the remaineder of the Harry Potter films. There are 3 films left to be released; one of which is coming out this summer, two have yet to be filmed.

The first article I looked at is from the Los Angeles Times and can be found here: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-et-potter27mar27,1,5883652.story?coll=la-headlines-entnews&track=crosspromo

This article does not clarify when this news was released about the actors signing on to the rest of the 'Harry Potter' films; the audience does not know when the information was available to the public, which in turn doesn't give the event timeliness or currency in regards to news values. The article shows the impact playing the roles has had on the actors:

**Watson, for one, was rumored to be considering other alternatives, rather than continue with the role of Hermione Granger. (Grint confirmed as much when he told the media recently that Emma wanted out: "Emma doesn't want to do it any more. She's tired of being known as 'that girl from Harry Potter.' ")**

This quote actually shows conflict as well, with the rumors going around about whether Watson was going to sign or not.

**While the movies have made gobs of money world-wide and made household names of the cast, their back-to-back filming has consumed much of the lives of the young actors.**

This quote also shows the impact on the actors, and mentions the international impact as well. However, it is a general statement. This article definitely has prominence because of the famous people invovled, the actors. This article has entertainment value, most of all, and some helpfulness for those who want to know about the films - who will be in them and when they are coming out:

**The latest Harry Potter entry, David Yates' "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," opens July 13.**

The second article is from the Houston Chronical and can be found here: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/4661376.html

This article makes note that the news was released on Friday:

**Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will return as teen wizards Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in the final Harry Potter films, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Friday.**

This starts off the article in a good way, making sure that the audience knows when this information was released and when the decision was made. This makes the article have timeliness and currency. This article also shows the impact that the movies have made on the actors, as well:

**"I could never let Hermione go," she said. "I love her too much and love what playing her has meant to me. I'm excited and honored to be finishing what I started and playing her in all seven of the films."**

**Grint, 18, added: "I've been so proud to play (Ron) and loved every second of being part of this world."**

This gives the article impact, however it doesn't show much impact on the viewer, except for the comment about the 'Harry Potter' books being best-sellers. The article has prominence for the same reasons as the first - the famous actors. The article has entertainment value and helpfulness, including a statment at the end of the article that is very similar to the last one:

**The fifth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is slated for release in the U.S. on July 13.**

This could be considered helpful information for those who would like to see the movie.

I think that these articles are a bit boring, personally. They don't have a lot of color in them; I think the reporters could have had more fun with them and make them more interesting to read. The second article was a little more fun to read because of the quotes; however, I don't think they were incoporated into the story very well. It seems like they were just put in there. It's an exciting event, especially for 'Harry Potter' lovers; therefore, I think the reporters should have geared the article toward them, giving facts about the ticket sales, book sales, etc. This article could even go into the phenomenon of 'Harry Potter' and possibly encourage those who haven't seen the movies or read the books, to do so.

New 'Grease' stars are chosen

The NBC reality tv series, "Grease: You're the One that I Want," ended Sunday night with the audience voting for Laura Osnes (from Eagan, Minn.!) and Max Crumm to play Sandy and Danny. They will be taking on these roles in the new Broadway show, "Grease," out this summer.

The first article I looked at is from Forbes.com. Because it's a national news source, it has a national perspective when it comes to news values. It definitely shows that the event is timely, stating that the show just ended on Sunday after nearly 3 months. It shows a bit of impact nationally; actually, the audience is who impacted the decision:

**The winners, chosen by audience votes, were announced Sunday during the final episode of the NBC reality series "Grease: You're the One That I Want."**

The audience voted, therefore they had an impact and this article shows that. It also discusses 'Grease' as a musical and a movie, giving some facts about its success in the past. This shows the impact the musical has had on our culture.:

**The upcoming revival of "Grease" will be its third Broadway production. The original, which opened in 1972, played for more than 3,000 performances. The second, featuring Rosie O'Donnell as Betty Rizzo, arrived some two decades later, for a run of more than 1,500 performances.
The 1978 film, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, was one of the most successful movie musicals of all time.**

The event has some sort of prominence, for these people that won will be names that make news. Although they may not be considered "famous," the reality TV show is/was, therefore it's prominent. For those who live in the areas where the winners are originally from, this event may have proximity; however, for the most part, it doesn't show it. The article also shows some novelty, since the show announced the winners for the first time Sunday. Regarding the supplemental values, the article shows currency (for the same reasons as timeliness) and entertainment value.

This article can be found here: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/03/26/ap3551309.html

The second article I looked at had a different perspective because it is from a Twin Cities news source, twincities.com. The new Sandy, Laura Osnes, is a Minnesota native, coming from Eagan. This article concentrates on her for the most part; because it is so specific and a narrowed subject, it contains many news values. It is timely for the same reason as the first article - it clarifies that it the winners were announced on Sunday evening. This article shows a local impact since Osnes is from Minnesota; it discusses her wedding, and also quotes some individuals who have directed her in the past in various musicals:

**Osnes' Minnesota mentors weren't surprised by Sunday's verdict.
"There was no doubt in my mind that Laura would win any competition anywhere for the role of Sandy in 'Grease,' " said Michael Brindisi, artistic director of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, where Osnes was playing Sandy even as she auditioned for the reality TV show.
"She's got all of the skills necessary for that role and many other roles. She's gorgeous, she's sexy, she's sweet, she's innocent. She's also a really good 21-year-old actress."**

**"She's not trying to make it fit," said Matthew Howe, who directed a teenage Osnes as Dorothy in a Children's Theatre Company production of "The Wizard of Oz." "She's just being Laura."**

These add local impact, but also give the reader a view of her personality through the eyes of some of the people she has worked with. It also shows that people were supporting her. The article shows prominence, as well - with the NBC reality TV show being the famous "institution." People may feel a geographic closeness - proximity - if they are from the twin cities area, which most of the readers will be, because Osnes is from Eagan. The article shows a little bit of conflict with just one quote from Osnes:

**"After the show last week, I tried to give Ashley a hug, and she sort of pushed me away," she said. "It can be hard to keep a positive attitude when there's a whole lot of emotions."**

Ashley Spencer, the "Sandy" that Osnes beat is who she is referring to in this quote. It shows a personal/internal conflict that Spencer may have. The event is somewhat unusual, for the same reasons as the last article showed. Regarding the supplemental values, the article shows currency and entertainment.

In my opinion, the second article was a lot more interesting to read. This is probably due to the fact that I am from the Twin Cities, therefore I enjoy reading about the life of someone who is from the same area I am. It served as more of a human interest story than anything, while the first one seemed to be more of a report on what happened. I feel the twincities.com article really allowed the reader to get to know this girl and a little bit of her personality.

QUITPLAN.com

ClearWay Minnesota, who has recently been involved in the smoking ban bill
in Minnesota, offers an online quit plan for smokers called QUITPLAN.com.
It is a freewebsite that serves as a personal support center and offers
helpful and interactive quit-smoking resources such as personalized
quit-smoking plans, expert counselors who respond to user questions within
a 24 hour period, a forum to talk with other smokers trying to quit,
self-evaluations and even tools tha track the quitting progress,
calculating savings and suggesting next steps. ClearWay Minnesota also has
a QUITPLAN helpline as well as QUITPLAN centers. According to QUITPLAN.com,
the online program "provides options for smokers who may not want to use
face-to-face or telephone counseling." Does this really work? What are the
advantages and disadvantages of doing a smoking plan online? What other
companies fund an online quit-smoking plan? What are the results compared
to face-to-face counseling? Is this an issue that should be taken to the
internet? Will this trend carry over to online counseling in other areas of
life (it might already have)?

Sources:

Joanne D'Silva, research program manager of ClearWay Minnesota - 952.767.1400
John R. Polito, editor of whyquit.com - 843.849.9721
John L. Kirkwood, president and CEO of the American Lung Association - 212.315.8700

March 20, 2007

Yahoo expands

On Monday, Yahoo! introduced a new search system called "OneSearch" for mobile phone users. It is specifically for an instance when one is searching for topics that are only relevant to a certain area of the country. Users just type in a zipcode or city name and they are set to go.

The first article I read is from www.techtree.com and was posted on March 20 (today). The article does have some major news values that is shows within it. The event is timely, seeing as Yahoo! just announced it on Monday. The article shows clearly that this new search system has impact by giving examples of situations where individuals may need the system:

**For instance, instead of popular movies or critical reviews, OneSearch lists local theaters playing a particular movie, user ratings of the movie, and news headlines related to it.**

I know there are many times when I, personally, would like to look up movies right on the spot and quickly; this shows the impact it will have on the consumer, as well as the supplemental value of helpfulness. This news event has some sort of prominence, not having to do with a well-known individual or celebrity, but rather a well-known institution - Yahoo! itself. Because it is such a huge company, it will make news. It even mentions one of Yahoo!'s competitors:

**Scoring one up over Google, Yahoo! reportedly yesterday introduced its new Internet search system for mobile phone users, OneSearch that promises locally relevant search.**

Even if we don't use Yahoo! to search online, most people know Google; therefore, the audience will be able to recognize the name and make the assumption that Yahoo! is a big and powerful company. This article shows the novelty of the event, since One Search is a new idea in the technological world and on the internet. Going back to the supplemental values, this event has currency because it is worthy of discussion - it may become an emerging trend.

This article can be found here: http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Yahoo_OneSearch_for_Mobile_Users/551-79887-643.html

The second article I looked at on the same topic is from www.unstrung.com and was also posted on March 20. The reporter of this article considered many news values, as well. It is timely and shows that it is so by stating that they just released the info yesterday. The article describes what Yahoo! hopes to do for consumers by giving a quote from the senior vice president of connected life, Yahoo!:

**"Yahoo! oneSearch has already started to change the mobile search game by fundamentally improving the way consumers' access and use the Internet on their mobile phones," said Marco Boerries, senior vice president of connected life, Yahoo!.**

This article is more clear about the fact this new search engine is an expansion of a previous idea:

**Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) has today expanded the reach of the popular new Yahoo! oneSearch service to the Mobile Web in the United States. **

OneSearch, the article says, was first available only on the web through computers. Now, they are taking it to a new level and offering to mobile users on their phones in the United States. Therefore, the impact is on a smaller group of people - those who own cell phones. It also lessens the value of novelty in the article, because it isn't as unusual anymore, now that the reader knows this search engine has been online for awhile already. This article gives another quote from Boerries, which shows what people think of it so far:

**"Consumers that have tried oneSearch love it, telling us it's easier and more helpful than any other mobile search services they've used. We are delivering the results consumers want with just one search, not a list of Web links."**

This shows the impact is has and possibly indicates what peoples' responses will be in the future. The event has prominence for the same reason as the first article showed: Yahoo! as a name. The article shows currency for the same reason as the first - it may be an emerging trend. It is obvious in this article that Yahoo! is making this a trend within it's own organization because it is making it available on mobile phones in addition to the internet on computers.

This article can be fond here: http://www.unstrung.com/document.asp?doc_id=119837

In my opinion, the second article gives the reader a bigger picture of what the situation is; I think it is important to know that this is an expansion of an idea. I hadn't even heard about OneSearch online, and all of a sudden I'm reading about it going to cellphones. I think both articles could've done a little bit of history on the OneSearch at the end of the article, just simply stating when it first appeared online, etc.