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Analysis: Story progression

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This story in the Chicago Tribune can be found here.

In this news story about two men being arrested for the shooting of a Chicago girl, the author begins with the newest information (the arrest) in the lead and also adds an interesting anecdote: The Chicago girl was shot the same day her younger sister went to see President Barack Obama speak on gun violence.

The author then goes into the details of the arrest and the shooting in the next three paragraphs, where he includes the "who", "what", "when", "where" and "why" of the story more thoroughly. The author is very concise in his graphs, which helps the story flow.

I thought the author did a good job of telling the story of the shooting and the individuals being questioned while also adding information about the gun control speech. The gun control angle made the story more interesting and gave it more substance. It didn't seem like the author just threw in things about the gun violence speech; he did it in a way that flowed from one angle to another.

Overall, the author positioned the facts and information in the story in an effective way. I wouldn't change how the author arraigned the information, but it would have been nice if he would have gone into more detail and made the story into more of a feature about gun violence.

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Meghan: Take care you don't neglect the blog work. It's a point drainer. GG

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