I chose the "Resources for covering floods" on the nicar.org website. They started out with the Red River Valley in North Dakota and moved to other places such as Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They used a lot of what they called "databases" and "tipsheets" that monitored before, during and after the disastrous floods. They also monitored the monetary angle of what these floods were doing and what types of storms were causing these floods. The skills that the reporters needed were things like excel sheets. What was nice about the resources was that after each highlighted blue tip sheet or inventory sheet it had a summary of what it was and described what that specific database provided. The most interesting thing I found at this website was that our own School of Journalism Professor, Nora Paul, actually did a piece on how to actually cultivate sources on the Internet when covering a disaster!
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Adam: College of Biological Sciences; Biology Major; Is half Egyptian; Dad is from Cairo, Egypt
The article does talk about stereotypical culture and how it used to be; however, it is substantive in the sense that it is trying to prove a point. It uses observations and it seems like an editorial that reflects on this reporter's experience when he went to Cairo. It also uses quotes and rhetorical questions and answers them.
Adam commented that when the article said: "The Egyptian government, which, besides being widely viewed as a client state of the U.S. and Israel, is unrepresentative, authoritarian and repressive."
He says that, that is how it is in Egypt. Egyptians play dominant roles; therefore, the authoritarian and repressive government is seen part of their culture.
The Cat Story that I actually reported on used numbers because it was a research project that actually used the laws of physics and technology to see how cats lapped up water so fast. The reporter did say that, "The engineers worked out a formula: the lapping frequency should be the weight of the cat species, raised to the power of minus one-sixth and multiplied by 4.6." So, instead of using numerical values, they actually did "raised to the power of minus one-sixth" and instead of using a lot of numbers they tried to make the story more "reader friendly" even if it was issuing a story on research values of what was just found. The numbers are not overwhelming, and the reporter did a good job by making it 'user-friendly' especially for those who are not science saavy. The sources are from the researchers at Princeton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The sources are listed completely as well, and they tell the reader how the researchers approached the experiment. A complete story was published in and issue of Science, so I bet that there are even more numbers in that story.
I did the analysis on a man named Edwin Brown, a longtime dentist in Edina who started the Lutheran Church in Edina.
I found it in The Star Tribune, and looking at the lead it did not have the standard "New York Times" format, rather, it started with a notable act that Edwin Brown did before his death, implying that he was a man who cared about others and impacted others by doing kind deeds. The second paragraph again did not say cause of death, rather had a quote by Brown's daughter.
In fact, the cause of death was not mentioned until the fourth paragraph. The source that was used was only his daughter, Nancy Johnson although he was survived by all four of his daughters as well as seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The lead for this story does work because it emphasizes how kind of a man Brown was and the types of acts he did that showed he was a giving man.
The obituary differs from a resume because it is a story which flows together much nicer than a resume, but rather, tells a touching, more dramatic story of what happened throughout someone's life. It takes the important aspects of one's life and incorporates a lot of family history and focuses on the positives of how the person touched other people's lives versus solely focusing on the personal rewards the person received.
The multimedia they both feature are videos and the type of powerpoints we did in class. The idea where they have pictures and then text below. In fact, both of the sites, probably to make the site more appealing have several pictures with captions below in order to "advertise" the story and get you to read the certain story. The complement the news story because it gives a "preview" into what the news story is going to be about and not only that, but the pictures help to "dramatize" the story as well. The writing in those news stories seem to be a bit more dramatic, and they seem to be more of the "heartfelt" stories versus hard-hitting news stories, unless the hard-hitting news is affecting several people in a certain way (i.e.-death, loss of homes, etc.) Again, the characteristics of the writing are much more dramatic than the types of stories that are just trying to get the facts out about what is going on in the world.
The lead in the newly updated version on Randy Moss' return was a more in-depth coverage and had a little more "pizazz" in it then the first, lead, which was much more straight-forward and bland. The first lead only told us the straight, hard news and the second lead talked about who specifically made the deal and made the lead much more interesting without taking the important facts away. The second story is a response to a report from a competing news organization considering this story was the hot topic of the week and they wanted to grab the reader's attention as quickly as possible by having as much information as possible. While reading further, you see much more stats, even some information that was not as pertinent, but seemed to be added just to have more information in the first story, was taken out and only important quotations remain in the story.
When looking at the New York Times, you can tell that it is unlike any of the other newspapers in the sense that they are very stylistic. They have long introductions instead of telling hard news as it is. The reporter summarizes the important elements at the top, however, it seems as though the second paragraph is always where the hard news is. The reporter has ordered the information in a martini glass form. It is ordered that way because they need to get news out, but it seems that the New York Times is much different than other newspaper. It could have been done differently, but I think this is effective in the sense that they know how to grab the reader.
IOWA EGG STORY:
Eight sources were referenced in the New York Times' version of the Iowa Egg Story.
* Austin "Jack" DeCoster, owner
* CEO of Hillandale Farms, Orland Bethel
* Sarah Lewis, 30, of Freedom, Calif.,
* Carol Loboto, 77,of Littleton, Colo
* Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich.,
* Peter, the company's CEO
* Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.
* Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
They are scattered about the entire article, but the individuals who were emphasized were obviously the owners were attributed more.
The information is from both people and records done by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The reporter mainly started the quote and broke it up into two portions. He would introduce the quote, state who said it, then put the second portion of the quote. It is effective because it gets the readers attention then fully finishes the quotes. It reminds me of the lead then detailed paragraphs (inverted pyramid). It is not confusing.
While analyzing "The Iraqi-U.S. Raid Near Falluja Leaves 7 Dead" I noticed that it was very straightforward and got to the point right away.
It definitely epitomized the "inverted pyramid" idea of which they emphasized "where, what, how, and when" all in the first sentence.
It doesn't specifically state the "why", but in the next paragraph it focuses on that aspect and goes into detail later.
The news reporter chose this way of writing the piece because they knew it was hard-news and knew that individuals who chose to read this piece would want all the information given to them right away. The reporter realized that if individuals wanted to read on, they could grasp the details from reading further into the story.