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September 22, 2008

Attribution

In an article from the Star Tribune five sources are used.
The first source is the police, the second is the victim's father, and the rest are neighbors of the victims. Each of the four individuals is named.
The sources are used scattered throughout the story, with the most credible (police and family) being used first.
The information straight from the three neighbors is clustered together towards the end of the story.
It seems that most of the information is from people, but some must come from records.
The reporter sets up attribution by giving the information and then telling readers who said it. The reporter also uses several direct quotes from individual people.
The way she set up the attribution was effective, and was not confusing. It was very straightforward.

September 14, 2008

Analysis - Leads

The following is a lead from an article in the New York Times about a train crash in Los Angeles: "A freight train collided with a rush-hour commuter train in Los Angeles on Friday evening, killing at least 18 people and injuring scores of others, many of them critically."
This lead works for the story because it states the most important facts of the story such as what happened, where it happened, when it happened, and and the results of what happened. It summarized the most important parts of the story in one sentence.
Even though it is only a summary of the story, it still describes certain details such as the type of trains that collided and the number of people that died. In this case, those details worked for this particular lead because the fact that a freight train collided with a rush-hour commuter train shows that obviously many people were involved and the fact that it states the number of people that died also catches reader's attention.
The lead is also somewhat general because it doesn't state certain details such as where in Los Angeles, how the trains crashed, or what kinds of injuries people suffered.
The lead is a straightforward hard-news lead because it only gives the most important details of the story to catch readers' attention.