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February 18, 2008

Analysis

In the article Kosovo Declares Its Independence From Serbia in the New York Times, the writer immediately announces what Kosovo did, when and who was for it.

They then went into detail about the history of the new nation, and talked about how the United States had helped this to happen.

Using that as a transition into the Serb's reactions, the writer talked about how the Serbs were unhappy with the United States, and rushed the Embassy.

He ordered the information in this way so that the important "NOW" of the story was right at the top, and some of the important background information went with it. Then near the bottom he mentions how the Serbs are reacting, which may be important, but isn't affecting anything at the time and isn't very surprising. I thought the story was well written and well-put together. It could have been done differently with the Serbs reaction above the history, and then later on tie in the reason the United States is involved... but it worked better this way.

February 4, 2008

Leads

North Dakota men's hockey coach Dave Hakstol has apologized for his actions Saturday during the second period of the Sioux's 1-1 tie with the Gophers at Mariucci Arena.

The story about the UND men's hockey coach apologizing for his mistake had the lead shown above.

In this lead, we have the Who: (Dave Hakstol) What: (Apologized for his actions) When: (second period at Saturday's game) Where: (Mariucci Arena) in that order.

The who was detailed, giving his full name and position, while the what was very general, just calling the obscene gesture "his actions." When again was very specific, going as far as to state the score at the time, while where was also somewhat specific, since people reading the article will likely know what Mariucci Arena is.

This is a straightforward lead.