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Spot and follows

Look at a news event that has a first-day story and then a follow story the next day. How od the leads in the two stories differ? How is the main news summarized? How does the second story advance the news? Is the second-day story a response to a report from a competing news organization? How has that shaped the follow?

The news stories about who is to replace Fidel Castro as the Cuban leader slowly developed. One story is about an "expected" leader, and the next is from the following day, announcing that Raul Castro will take over. The first is at KXMC , a news station, and it was written on February 23rd. The next is at CNN , and was written about a day later. The leads in the story differ in that the first one says that it is "expected" that Raul Castro will lead Cuban, and the second states definitively that Castro's brother will now reign. The exact wording for the first is, "Raul Castro is expected to be appointed the new leader of Cuba by the country's parliament today." KXMC The second's exact words are, "Fidel Castro's nearly five decades of rule ended Sunday when Cuba's National Assembly chose his younger brother Raul to be the country's new president." CNN The first story does not include random facts other than that Raul will most likely be the new leader, while the second added in more facts pertinent to the story. It thus has more room to advance the story and include more facts, being that it is certain Raul will take over. CNN is a competitor for many news stations, and it is usually very timely, so it could be considered competition for any news station, or at least a standard to live up to. This shapes their follows so that they have more facts and attention grabbing information for the reader.