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Attribution Analysis

Helicopter crashes into house at Kenosha, Wis., killing 2 on aircraft; 5 in house uninjured

This story is from the Star Tribune although it is from the Associated Press as opposed to a Strib staff writer. The article uses its first source from police Sgt. Eric Larsen who gave the reporter the details of the crash. He is not directly quoted but is attributed for the general synopsis of the incident the reporter gave. National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Franks was attributed when the reporter gave a direct measurement of the visibility at the exact time of he accident. "The engine just didn't sound right," Stielow told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Here is attribution to the witness of the crash as well as the newspaper he was talking to. The AP used info from a newspaper that is local to the accident to get information for their story. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro was quoted in giving the exact information about the helicopter and the course it was set to fly. Corey Reed, operations supervisor at the airport was also included in the story for his quote "travel at your own risk." Ed Malinowski, an air safety inspector for the National Transportation Safety Board. was the last person attributed in the story regarding flight data.

There was a new source identified in each paragraph of the story. Most of the information came directly from people, even if it was data that could have been found online, they used a verifiable source. It is effective because I get the feeling that the reporter did a very thorough job in getting all the facts and details included the story as possible.