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The reporter who wrote an article about the lack of disclosure and the disparities on the visitor logs to the White House merely had to be able to use a computer to the visitor logs, which are available online on the White House website.

Using this, he had to recognize that some celebrities were notoriously missing from the list. Knowing that, he would have had to double-check that information, which he showed by saying that a video from the White House that night showed an individual who was not listed on the official log.

Other things he had to notice to produce his article were not through prior knowledge, but by noticing the absence of certain categories.

Analysis: Diversity

University of Minnesota freshman and Japanese international student Mikhail,* who was born in Russia, said this article in the Statesman Journal about Japanese cultural events was very generalized.

He said in Japan, the people do not eat that type of food during a cherry blossom festival, but at other ones. This is not only a blatant error, but the article itself does not delve far enough into the traditions. Instead it oversimplifies them into one short piece.

We discussed how, instead of the one source from the committee putting on the event, the writer should have spoken to other Japanese-Americans and tried to tell the story through their experiences. This was a short, broad overview of a culture that could not be contained in such.

*Full name not used.

Analysis: Numbers

The reporter in the article from the Los Angeles Times uses a majority of percentages and some figures to illustrate the story.

I think the author could have told his story better if he had utilized other ways to show the numbers. For instance, he said 52 percent of the poll, while it probably would have been more effective if he had said "more than half." He also listed what what percentage the CEOs thought the economy would expand 2.9 percent, up from 2.5 percent, whereas it would be better to say "an increase of 0.4 percent."

The numbers are very overwhelming and I don't feel completely convey the significance of the story. And also, he uses the wrong AP Style format for percent!

Also, they list the names of the surveys, but not the methodologies, such as the number of people surveyed and who they are.

Analysis: Obits

The obituary for Frank Neuhauser in the New York Times contains an attention-grabbing lead for what he was most known for.

The following paragraphs do not describe the cause of death. It is not until the 6th paragraph in fact, that his death is mentioned. His son confirmed the death and is the only source in the story.

The "claim-to-fame" section reads as a history of the Spelling Bee, not Neuhauser's life. It is not until far down in the story that we continue to follow the typical structure with when and where he was born.

Two paragraphs follow it. The first describes small details that Neuhauser told The Washington Post in 1977. The second reads like a resume.

There are semblances of the New York Times structure we talked about in class, but they are scattered between what appears to be a history of the National Spelling Bee. This would be a better feature than an obituary because it did not focus on Frank Neuhauser.

Analysis: Speech/Press Conference

The MinnPost story focused on the content of ARC's press conference that dealt with budget cuts, urging Gov. Dayton and Legislatures to protect disability services. It also included the phrase "political hockey puck" among quotes by the director of ARC's public relations.

The ARC press release revealed other details omitted in the article, including two speakers, one with a developmental disability and one a parent of a child with a disability, who gave testimonials of how the state programs through ARC have saved the state money whilst helping them immensely.

ARC also revealed a new logo and tagline at the conference, as well as promoted the non-profit organization. Both were not mentioned on MinnPost.

What was odd to me is the article did not mention the number of members, though it was provided at the bottom of the press release.

Analysis: Slideshow Copy

Both the Star Tribune and Minnesota Daily have multimedia sections that include video, slideshows and photos. The Star Tribune also has audio and podcasts, as well as allows users to post their photos and videos.

In the Photos of the Week section on the Daily website, there are cutlines of two sentences. The first normally summarized what happened in the photo, while the second elaborated more on the topic related to it. Many of the photos that appeared daily or in other sections only had one sentence to describe who was in the photo and what they were doing on both the Daily and Strib.

In the slideshows on the Daily website, there is only a sporadic one sentence cutline to describe the photo when the scene changes. On the Star Tribune, each photo in the slideshow features a one sentence cutline describing who is in the photo and what they are doing.

A two-sentence cutline describes the content of video on the Daily website, while the cutline only receives one sentence at the Strib.

Analysis: Spot/Follow

The two stories differ from day-to-day just as we discussed in class. The lede is completely different, as are the following three paragraphs. The information that originally lead the story on the first day has not been edited, but merely pushed down in the article. The second story is more a response to the first story--how the event that made the news turned out.

Analysis: Structure

The USA Today article on Rep. Chris Lee's resignation began with a lead that told who, what, when, and where. It followed that with two separate quotes from Lee about his regrets to his family. They continued with an assessment of Lee's situation by a media expert, then listed background information about Lee's family and work history. It ended with more reviews from media experts.

The structure of this article did not seem to be either the Inverted Pyramid or Martini Glass style because the facts listed did not seem to be in order of importance.

The paragraph that begins "Lee, 46, is married with a young son..." in my opinion would be the ideal nut graf, followed by the quote about his family. I also would not have back-to-back paragraphs of quotes from Lee. They could have paraphrased one of them.

The fourth paragraph down, after the lead and two quotes, is a person who denied comment. While this can say a lot about sources, I think it could have been moved down farther after story had been told.

Analysis: Attribution

In a story from the Star Tribune, four sources are used.

All sources are people. Two are sergeants in the police department, one is a supervisor at the local postal service and the other is a spokesperson for the Postal Service.

One source, the local supervisor, is used pretty consistently throughout the story while the other three have one or two quotes or paraphrases.

The main lacking source in the story is the woman who put the puppy in the mail. Although some of the things said from sources are fact, her lack of response could make the story less effective or bullet-proof. However, they included that she did not return the call, so that speaks for itself.

One of the quotes does not use "said" but "recalled." I also would back off on the numerous quotes from Ojoyeyi. While descriptive, was there another source that could give details about the incident at the post office or someone who was standing by that saw the exchange? I would look into that.

Analysis: Leads

The lead that appears in an article by the Star Tribune specifies the who, what, when and where of the story. It has proximity because it appeared in the Star Tribune and the driver was from the metropolitan area. It is timely because it was posted the same day of the accident. It also has the values of emotions and impact because someone died.

It includes a general identity of the man who died; there are no names or ages included in the lead. Specific details included what happened and what kind of highway it was.

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