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Analysis: Numbers in a story

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This story uses numbers in a variety of ways. For one, it used the average heating bill and how much it had decreased. It does this with not only numerical value, but also with a percent decrease. t uses average, percent change and numerical values several times throughout the story. The sources are representatives for the gas companies who have most likely calculated this amounts, so the percent change could have been number crunching on the part of the reporter, but was more likely done by the company. The numbers are used very effectively to show the drastic change in heating prices.
This story was in the Star Tribune.


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This was a very standard obit. The one thing different was it had prominent sources like Barack Obama because the deceased was a Civil Rights Activist. It followed the New York Times story almost exactly. It started with a lead which named the person and their main contributions along with their age and death. An obit used information from a resume, however it is more personal. It goes through their life and highlights what happened. It gives them a legacy.
This story was from the New York Times.

Analysis: Multimedia

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The Huffington Post and the New York Times approach multimedia a little differently. The Huffington Post's front page has a huge picture with red writing over top of it. It is very bold and used the multimedia as the main focus of the web page. The New York Times is much more text-based and uses only small video and pictures.The both use wording to describe the picture and intrigue readers. The words are very to the point of what is going on in the picture, but also give a little context as to what is going on and its significance.

Analysis: Spot and follow

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The first of these stories starts more with what he did, that he murdered his sons and took his own life. Then it goes in to details of what happened on that day. The second paints a picture of the boys not wanting to leave their cousins house to see their dad. It then goes into more details learned about a voicemail left just before Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons. The first one tells more about who he was and what had happened before while the second focuses on the new evidence that has been found. It doesn't seem to be dealing with competitors as much as it is following up on a developing story which there is only so much information on at a time.

Analysis: Structure in Athens riots story

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This story follows a very standard structure form. It starts off immediately with what has happened and why in the lead. It then goes into the background of why what has happened did before going back to the breaking store itself. It is very effective to use this method. However, it does focus on the history more than it does on the new story itself. This is necessary in this case because that is the major cause of the riots and what needs to be focused on.

This story was in the Huffington Post.

Analysis: Attributions in home explosion story

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This story has attributions all over the place. They come before and after what the person or source had said. They use several different sources and repeat them. The sources in this story are all people, ranging from Susan Powell's sister to Josh Powell's attorney. They don't necessarily keep the attributions to one source all in the same place. This is a little confusing because who the source is specifically is easily forgotten. However, for this it is not to difficult to figure out and doesn't effect the clarity of the story.

This story came from the Star Tribune.

Analysis: Lead in honor killing story

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A jury on Sunday found three members of an Afghan family guilty of killing three teenage sisters and another woman in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a "twisted concept of honor," ending a case that shocked and riveted Canadians.
Article from the Huffington Post.

This is overall a very typical hard-news lead. It has the who, when and where that are seen in leads. It details the who a lot because there are so many people involved in this story. It makes sure to include not only the killers, but the victims.
It does not, however, name them specifically. Instead this is left to a new paragraph, which is very typical for leads. They give enough information so the story is told but leave the details for later.
This lead adds not so typical things by writing quotes from the judge. This is different because it gives more details, but not typical details. This is used to get at the emotion of the audience as well as express the novel nature of this story. It is clearly a highly emotional and controversial case and adding that right away will help to interest readers.

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