February 2010 Archives


I looked at Fox News and The New York Times for different media options available for a news seeker to find the latest news.
Both of the news providers have video on their sites, which are great if you are trying to really get the mood of the news story.
They also have numerous photo stories or photos of the day which is the kind of assignment we did for class this last week.
These photo stories I find to be very interesting with certain stories.
All of these multimedia pieces are used for different reasons depending on how the organization wants to portray the story or how they want to frame it.

Homicide Attack on Pakistan Police Station Kills 4

A homicide car bomber attacked a police station Saturday in northwest Pakistan, killing four people and wounding two dozen more.
The blast also toppled a mosque next to the police station in Karak, located in the North West Frontier Province, according to Fox News.
Two police officers and two civilians were among those killed in the bombing, according to The New York Times.
Karak is near South Waziristan, a militant stronghold where the army launched a major offensive against militants in October.

Killer whale show resumes at SeaWorld after trainer's death

More than 2,000 people watched killer whales perform Saturday for the first time since one of the orcas killed a trainer there three days ago.
The audience seemed thrilled, applauding and yelling as the whales swam around the tank, according to Fox News.
A spokesman for SeaWorld in Orlando said 2,200 people watched the show at the enormous outdoor amphitheater -- despite chilly, rainy weather, with the orca pool registering at 52 degrees, according to The New York Times.
Many workers wept as the show featured a video montage of their former co-worker.

Eagan man who decapitated stepmother found insane

An Eagan man who decapitated his 68-year-old stepmother has been ruled insane and will undertake psychiatric treatment at a secure facility.
The judge's order states Stephen Miles suffered a "defect of reason" and, while guilty of murder, had no idea his actions were wrong when he hit Maris Jo Miles in the head with a hatchet and removed her head with a kitchen knife, according to the Star Tribune.
The not-guilty ruling issued by the Dakota County Court after prosecution and defense agreed Miles did not know right from wrong when he murdered his stepmom, according to the Pioneer Press.
According to the 23-page ruling, Miles was diagnosed with "extreme paranoia" in 1998.

Arrest end Roseville Standoff

A 23-year-old Minneapolis man is in custody after a four-hour standoff with police early Saturday in Roseville, police said.
The man, who was arrested shortly after 6 a.m. at the Super 8 Motel at 2401 Prior Av. in Roseville, is wanted in Hennepin County on suspicion of making terroristic threats, according to the Star Tribune.
The man barricaded himself into his second-floor room, saying he was armed with a gun, according to the Pioneer Press.
Around 6 a.m. police threw chemical munitions into the room and the man exited. He was immediately taken into custody, police said.

Death toll rising after Chile earthquake

At least 214 people have been killed in an 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile early Saturday morning.
The earthquake was one of the strongest ever recorded, and may have devastating effects on the pacific region, according to MSNBC.
Electricity, water, and phone lines were cut across most of the country, leaving no immediate word of death or damage from the area.
The quake also unleashed a tsunami across the pacific, which may threaten countries such as Japan, according to Fox News.


I looked at one story about a murder. The first draft of the story was from the day before and it was very general and did not supply hardly any information.
The next day, the story was updated with names and specifics about what transpired the day of the murder.
It does look like they use the same fact block strategy we have been using in class.
When I compare the two it looks like the author just fills in the new information into the already established story form.
The length of the story expanded as well, with the introduction of new facts to the story.

2 arrested in string of Texas church fires

Two men were charged Sunday with intentionally burning down a church in east Texas and are suspected in a string of other fires, authorities said.
Jason Robert Bourque, 19, and 21-year-old Daniel George McAllister face one count of felony arson for a church fire near Tyler, about 90 miles east of Dallas, according to Fox News.
Bond is set at $10 million apiece and they could face life in prison if convicted, according to The New York Times.
The arrests were triggered by a telephone tip, although the suspects had been watched for several weeks.

Darfur rebels sign truce deal with Sudan

Darfur's most powerful rebel group has initiated a truce with the Sudanese government Saturday, officials said.
The truce between the rebel Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudanese government takes effect immediately, according to Fox News.
Justice and Equality spokesman Ahmed Hussein said the deal initiated Saturday is the framework for future peace talks, including the negotiation of an indefinite cease-fire, according to The New York Times.
Sudan's government has agreed to numerous cease-fires over several years, but some have fallen short only days after signing. Distrust between the two parties still remains deep.

A teenager was shot in the face Saturday afternoon in a Minneapolis apartment, police said.
A television news report identified the victim as 16-year-old Montrell Wade, according to the Star Tribune.
Wade was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head, according the Pioneer Press.
Wade is a student at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, and is an all-metro running back on the football team, Washburn Principal Carol Markum-Cousins said.

Mpls. Woman receives $1600 water bill

A Minneapolis woman received a $1600 water bill Friday which the city says is accurate although it is 20 times her normal bill.
Erica Kocur says her bill is usually $70-$80 per month. She said "her heart just dropped" when she read the bill, according to the Star Tribune.
The city said she must have a running toilet or dripping faucet, according to the Pioneer Press.
KSTP-TV reported that the bill recorded 200,000 gallons of water, three times the volume of Kocur's entire home. A shower would have to run nonstop for nearly two months to use that much water, according to the Pioneer Press.

Train derails, toxic cloud forces evacuations

A train derailed near Bakersfield, CA Saturday with one of its cars catching fire, forcing the evacuation of several nearby homes.
There were no serious injuries in the derailment at 9:30 p.m. Saturday near Keene, 15 miles south of Bakersfield, according to the Star Tribune.
Authorities believe two train cars went off the Union Pacific tracks at a tunnel entrance with one of those cars carrying denatured alcohol ruptured and caught fire, according to the Pioneer Press.
About eight home were evacuated as a precaution after the fire produced a toxic cloud. A temporary shelter was set up at a local high school. The blaze was confined to the tunnel entrance and crews let the fire burn itself out, according to the Pioneer Press.


All of the hard news stories I have read have followed the same inverted pyramid model for story structure.
They all start with the lead and then open up the story more with the second paragraph, adding more details to the more general lead.
I have noticed a couple martini glass stories as well. They did a great job of laying out the sequence of events.
This story structure, and the ones which I read, all worked very well. When I was reading the story it felt like I was getting more and more detailed information as I read.
I could have stopped reading at any moment and still had a sense of the story.

An Alabama university professor charged with fatally shooting her colleagues in a faculty meeting Friday shot her younger brother dead at their Boston home in 1986.
Amy Bishop shot her brother in the chest, according to Fox News.
Before bishop could be booked, however, the police chief back then called officers and told them to release her to her mother.
The shooting of the brother was logged as an accident, but since then, detailed records of the incident have disappeared, according to The New York Times.

8 killed in bomb blast in India bakery

A bomb blast ripped through a crowded bakery Saturday, killing at least 8 people close to a meditation center frequented by foreigners.
The blast threatens to create new tension between India and Pakistan, with Hindu nationalist leaders blaming the act on their Muslim neighbor according to Fox News.
The building and nearby shops were badly damaged, according to The New York Times.
One foreigner was among those killed and another was injured. Their nationalities were unknown.
The blast came at a time when Pakistani-Indian ties seemed to be warming.

Man rescued after truck slips into St. Croix River

A Washington County man was rescued early Saturday after his truck broke through the ice on the St. Croix River.
A sheriff's dispatcher received a call at 3:06 a.m. about someone in the river calling for help, according to the Star Tribune.
Sheriff's deputies responded and pulled a 57-year-old man from the river.
He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul but his condition is unknown, according to the Pioneer Press.

Son in custody after St. Paul man is shot to death

A man was fatally shot on Saturday afternoon in his home in St. Paul and his 18-year-old son was taken into custody a short time after, police said.
Neighbors reported hearing a succession of shots fired inside the house at 1167 Bush Av. about 1:30 p.m., according to the Star Tribune.
Police found the wounded man inside and rushed him to Regions Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Pioneer Press.
His son fled the scene, but was arrested a short time later.

Clinton has procedure for chest pain

Former President Bill Clinton left a New York hospital Friday morning after undergoing a heart procedure to clear a blocked artery.
President Clinton, 63, who has a history of heart trouble, had two stents put into one of his coronary arteries after a graft from a previous bypass had become blocked, according to The New York Times.
Within two hours of the operation, President Clinton was up and walking again.
"I expect President Clinton to resume his very active lifestyle," said Dr. Allan Schwartz, the head of cardiology at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital.
President Clinton could be back to work as soon as Monday, according to Fox News.


All of the stories I read used attribution in the same exact way that we were talking about in class.
They never started a paragraph with an attribution and they attributed often within the story. All the best stories I read also used direct quotes which made the story more powerful and authentic.
A quote can make or break your story.
The best stories that I read with attribution varied the ways they used the language when it came to wording the attribution.
They kept the read interesting and also covered all their bases by doing it correctly.

Couple detained after India security alert

A male passenger and his wife were detained for questioning Sunday after a Dubai-bound flight from Mumbai, India was called back before take-off because of a security scare, the airline said.
Authorities enacted full security procedures, including the deplaning of all passengers, according to Fox News.
The scare was prompted by an anonymous phone call saying that the man was a threat to the U.K., according to CNN.
Nothing incriminating has been found against the two passengers as of Sunday.

Iran's president orders higher enrichment of Uranium

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, ordered his Atomic agency on Sunday to begin the production of highly enriched Uranium, which is bound to deepen suspicion about the country's nuclear weapons program.
Producing enriched Uranium is the international community's biggest concern when it comes to Iran's disputed weapons program, according to Fox News.
Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes.
Ahmadinejad did not set a deadline for the increase, according to CNN.

Obama to hold bipartisan summit on Health Care

President Obama said Sunday that he will convene a half-day bipartisan Health Care summit at the White House on February 25 to be broadcast on television.
This meeting would mark the first time in this long Health Care debate that leaders from both sides would be allowed to air their ideas publically, according to The New York Times.
President Obama has not laid out what he is willing to give up in order to push the legislation through congress.
Obama said he would not be willing to start the Health Care negotiations over from the beginning, but would work on existing proposals, according to the Star Tribune.

Search for missing snowmobiler called off

Washington County authorities called off the search Sunday for a missing snowmobiler in the St. Croix River.
The search has been postponed because of the anticipated snow fall and the strength of the St. Croix River's current, said Sgt. Tom Stafford of the Washington County Sheriff's office.
Late Saturday, authorities identified the missing snowmobiler as Timothy Michael Pease of Lake St. Croix Beach, according to the Pioneer Press.
Authorities have also confirmed that a snowmobile has been found at the bottom of the river, with no sign of the missing driver, according to the Star Tribune.

Out of the silo, into deep trouble

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation Friday on how a grain silo manager became trapped in a grain elevator in Farmington.
Mark Malecha, manager of the feely grain elevator in downtown Farmington, violated state guidelines when he crawled into the elevator without a safety harness, according to the Star Tribune.
The OSHA was on the site Friday morning to open an investigation. Doug Gilbertson, owner of Nerstrand Agra Center, which owns the elevator, said OSHA investigators confiscated paperwork related to the operation of the elevator, according to the Pioneer Press.
According to Gilbertson, Malecha was released early Friday from the Hennepin County Medical Center and will be back to work on Monday.

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