Structure Analysis

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Here is a simple Star Tribune report about a collision between a bus and car found in the "West Metro" section of the website.

Because the incident had no deaths, the story is extremely short and the sentences are concise.

The lead and the refresher quickly provide the who, what, when and where details of the story. This approach is simple and effective, however the following paragraphs of the story seem out of order.

A quote from the district's website about injuries is followed by an unimportant detail from the report about bus delays. The next paragraph refers to injuries again and the final paragraph provides details about how the incident happened.

I think it would have been more effective to bunch similar information, such as details about the injuries, together rather than peppering them throughout the report. I'm sure for a story that is not very news worthy, less attention is paid to the order of information blocks.

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