Outdoor Smoking Ban
Both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press used an Associated Press article to do stories on the trends in Minnesota cities to prohibit smoking in certain outdoor areas. They both used the inverted pyramid style but the Strib had a better hook for their lead: "A bucket of cigarette butts collected by Girl Scouts helped convince the Ham Lake City Council that smoking and city parks don't go together." The Pioneer Press started its article with: "As Minnesota lawmakers..." Boring. They both used the same quotes but I liked how the Strib went back and forth between quotes and stats, unlike the Pioneer Press that just clumped all the quotes together at the end. The Strib also provided more context and included a survey conducted by the U of M that found that 70 percent of 1,500 respondents supported tobacco-free policies for outdoor park and recreation areas.