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Analysis: Computer-Assisted Reporting

I found a story at the Investigative Reporters and Editors Website.

Most of the information comes from state records. It is also found from a Star tribune Investigation as well as an Education Department report.

The reporter needed computer skills in terms of searching for the exact information and resources he or she needed to complete his research.

Analysis: Numbers

I chose a story in the Star Tribune about budget cuts.

There are a lot of numbers in this story, but mostly the reporter is stating the size of multiple budget cuts.

The numbers are pretty big, but the reported makes it easy to grasp, stating how much the unemployment rate has dropped and how many jobs were added last month.

Most of the sources for these numbers are either from Obama or Republicans in the Senate.

Analysis: Obituary

I found an obituary from the Star Tribune written about Dottie Titus.

Dottie Titus is an activist for the community.

The lead is four sentences long, but it is a standard lead because it indicates notable things that she has done in her life, says when and she died, and her age in a separate sentence.

The lead works very well because you get a sense of what she was remembered for in her life.

There were lots of sources used including her neighbor, daughter, community councils Titus was part of, and a crime prevention specialist who worked with Titus.

It differs from a resume because it states the important things she did for the community and how it influenced people around her rather than just listing her accomplishments.

Analysis: Press Conference

I am writing about a press conference given by Scott Walker on February 17th in the Capitol. The video is here.

The article that covered it was from PolitiFact Wisconsin.

The writer used direct quotes from the press conference, as well as describing the aspects of the bill and who it would affect.

The writer gave a detailed descriptions on what has been going on with the Wisconsin protests and changes made in the bill, giving links to many other sources.

Analysis: Multimedia

I am comparing the New York Times and the Star Tribune's multimedia options.

The New York Times and the Star Tribune both have multimedia options, but the New York Times seems to have more.

The New York Times has a ton of slideshows and videos. The slideshow have lots of info along with the photos, very factual based, and helps further the news.

The Star Tribune has the same multimedia options as the New York Times, but not as many. Their slideshows and videos are also more photo based and have less writing to accompany them.

Analysis: First Day/Second Day Story: Italy-Tunisian Immigrants

I am analyzing the two stories in the New York Times published February 13 and February 14 on the Tunisian immigrants coming to Italy.

The first story explains how Italy wants to send armed forces to Tunisia in order to alleviate the flow of Tunisian immigrants.

The second story is a follow up stating the Tunisia has declined the offer of armed forces from Italy.

The leads differ because the second story is an advancement of the news, it is stating whether or not Tunisia has accepted Italy's offer.

Both reports are from The New York Times, so most of the information and content on the topic are the same, the second story is just a follow up and advancement of the story.

Analysis: West St. Paul Lanes Bowling Alley Staying Open

I am analyzing the article in the Pioneer Press.

The reporter orders the information pretty clearly. He starts off introducing the owner and how the business plans to stay open.

The reader is also introduced to why the business had the potential of closing in the first place, which was one of my first questions.

It then goes on to say how Holseth is still dealing with the city council to let him keep West St. Paul Lanes open.

The reporter summarizes the information clearly and simple in the first half of the article and gets more specific and detailed as you get further into the article.

Analysis: Disabled Traveler Gets Kicked Off Delta Airlines

There are many sources used in the airlines story.

Of course there is Carrie Salberg herself, who is quoted throughout the story, along with Delta Airlines.

All the bigger sources are in the middle of the story, where it talks about the rules for medical equipment meeting the requirements to fly. The article sources the U.S. Department of Transportation, FAA, and The Air Carrier Access Act.

There is a man interviewed who was also kicked off a plane because of his ventilator, and to follow up, a woman, director of the International Ventilator Users Network, has a quote.

The reporter sets up the attributions effectively and clearly for the reader.

I chose to write about the lead in the article from NPR.

The lead is somewhat general, but it keeps the reader wanting to know more. It starts off talking about President Obama welcoming the Chinese President to the White House. It also mentions that a group of students from the Yu Ying school joined them.

The lead gives detailed facts about where the school is, what the school is, and why the school is notable, stating that it is the first Chinese immersion school in the nation's capital.

The immediate mention of President Obama also intrigues the reader as to how he's connected to Americans learning more Chinese.

This lead works as a setup for the rest of the story, which goes on to give more specific facts about the school and its students.

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