by Dallas Johnson
The articles out of the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press about the car accident near Forest Lake are examples of stories being told as information is provided.
They are both being told about the same car accident, but in different senses. The Pioneer Press is providing the information simply to inform people about the accident. The Star Tribune, however, is telling the story in a larger context, that is, the amount of car accidents in the Twin Cities recently.
The leads in the two stories did not change their leads because, even though the amount of time between the two articles had changed, the main story was still about the man who died.
The main news is where the differences occur. Because the Pioneer Press was simply trying to get the main points of the story out, we see a typical inverse pyramid style of story. The Star Tribune, however, was allowed to wait for a little more information.
Because they decided to write the information as part of a larger piece involving several accidents, they were able to summarize the information quickly in the beginning. They then moved into the information about the other accidents.
This avoids the inverse pyramid in a sense, and instead moves to the martini glass scenario. The Star Tribune advances this story by putting it in perspective, that is, saying it just the last in a series of serious accidents in the Twin Cities.
It seems like the Star Tribune may be responding to the Pioneer Press' report on the story. That may be why it is a summary of recent events. Perhaps the Star Tribune felt that it would be more effective to try and put the story in perspective like that, rather than simply report the story.
It is hard to tell whether or not this is the case, but if the Tribune did do that, it was a smart move. As it takes the Press' story and makes people look at in a completely different light.
It would be interesting to see this story tomorrow, especially in the Pioneer Press, to find out what information they discovered. For example, what happened exactly. The stories lacked detail because the accident was so fresh. Tomorrow, the updated story should have some of those details, including names and a description of the accident.