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Analysis: Goodbye Saturday mail? Postal Service plans cuts

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By Kiera Janzen

In the Pioneer Press article, "Goodbye Saturday mail? Postal Service plans cuts", the author uses a variety of sources relevant to the U.S. Postal Service and the plan to stop delivering mail on Saturday.

In total, the author uses information and quotes from 12 different sources throughout the article. Specifically, the Postmaster General, a small business owner from Toledo, four members of Congress, the Republican Speaker of the House, the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the president's spokesman, and an assistant manager of a New York food market are named and quoted in some fashion (whether it be a direct quote or a paraphrase). The U.S. Postal Service and the National Farmers Union are also used as sources in the article, but no specific representatives for these organizations are named or quoted.

The sources provide all of the information in this article and the reporter spreads out the sources and the information they provide quite equally. Although the U.S. Postal Service (and the Postmaster General) is referred to frequently, the author effectively incorporates the different sources throughout. This helps to enhance the quality and the depth of the information in the story.

In the article, the way that attributions are set up varies throughout. Sometimes, the attribution is at the beginning of a sentence, and other times it is tied in in the middle or included at the end of a sentence or group of sentences. The reporter also varies the usage of direct, partial, and paraphrased quotes. Varying the attribution and quotation method help to make the story more interesting to read.

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