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In ABC's job report article different types of numbers can be found all throughout.

The numbers are used to describe the change in unemployment rate, how many jobs were added and average payroll gains. The numbers help explain the changes in unemployment, jobs and pay. The numbers help give the reader a better understanding and idea of the changes that have taken place over the last month. Seeing the numbers helps the reader visualize the impact of the number being described.

There are quite a bit of numbers within the entire story, but they are broken up nicely so they are not overwhelming. The numbers are brought in every few paragraphs and then described to the reader. There are also links within the story where you can click and get more information on a particular set of numbers and the information it's describing, which lessens the overwhelming of the numbers. The links also allow readers to choose what further information they want, if they want any at all.

The reporter crunched numbers in order to determine the unemployment change, the average payroll gains and the addition of jobs created. By crunching the numbers, the reporter makes it easier for the reader to read and understand. The sources of the numbers come from the Labor Department, Welch Consulting and TD Ameritrade.

Analysis: Obama's State of the Union Speech

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The article written by USA Today on Obama's State of the Union Speech has a similar format to what we discussed in class.

The lead contains the main point of Obama's speech; it states that to rebuild American prosperity a thriving middle class is needed. Obama's name is present in the lead because he is an important and known figure. The following paragraph contains a quote by Obama that supports his point about a thriving middle class. Since background knowledge on Obama isn't really necessary because most people know about him, the article continues with other points Obama made throughout his speech. The reporter gives background knowledge on some of the points he makes and uses quotes to support them. The article ends with the audience of the speech,.

The reporter goes beyond the event by providing background information on the topics that were discussed in Obama's speech. The reporter also gives examples of current events that are happening, which shows the importance and relevance of the points Obama makes. The story is also filed with several video clips from the speech to get across the serious tone of the speech. The video clips also allows the reporter to spend less time quoting and gives him or her more room to provide background information and a more simple translation of what Obama is saying.

Analysis: News organizations' multimedia options

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Both CNN and USA Today have good examples of multimedia options.

The CNN article is about Queen Elizabeth II being hospitalized. The story includes a gallery of pictures of the Queen in her younger days and her recent days. There are breaking news videos broadcast by CNN about the Queen's current condition, and there are links that you can click on and to get more information about her illness.

The USA Today article is about the man who died in a sinkhole in Florida. The story includes videos from authorities about the actions they are taking and another video where family and friends explain their feelings about the incident. There is a photo gallery, which contains pictures from the house affected by the sinkhole. The story also includes links to previous stories written by USA Today about the incident, and a map showing the location of the incident.

The multimedia within the stories allows the reader to interact with the story. The multimedia options also allow the reader to get information about the story in whichever way they choose; they can read the story, listen to the story or view pictures about the story. The multimedia also helps create a deeper impact on the reader, along with creating a more in-depth story.

The stories seem to contain an overview of the events, they answer the who, what, where, how and why. There usually is not much background information in the stories, which is why they put the multimedia options there. The writing is straight to the point containing mostly facts. The story by CNN is an important story because Queen Elizabeth II is a well-known figure and she is an older woman. The story by USA Today is a newsworthy story because the incident is not a common occurrence and it was not expected. Therefore, both stories have high news value and the multimedia enhances both stories.

Analysis: Daytona NASCAR race injures several fans

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A news story about a NASCAR crash on Saturday was updated on Sunday. The leads for each story were very different. The lead on the first day consisted of breaking news about the injured fans and totaled race car. The lead was very vivid and dramatic. The lead in the updated story is more mellow it starts with a statement saying the fence has been replaced in time for NASCAR's biggest race and then mentions that fans were killed the previous day. The fact that several fans were injured seems less important in the updated story, possibly because the newspaper is assuming that many people already know about the injuries.

The news in the first story has the basic and important facts. Information about the injured fans and their condition was in the first paragraph. The following paragraphs consisted of information about how the crash happened and damage to the car. The story concluded with quotes from spectators and officials. The updated story gives more detailed information on the reconstruction of the fence and information about the crash. Information about the injured fans is located in the middle of the story.

Therefore, what was considered most important and newsworthy in the first article became less important and a lot less newsworthy in the updated article. A lot of the information from the first article is the same in the updated article, but the updated article had information added to it. For example it has information about the reconstruction of the fence. The information in the updated article is more concise and gets rid of information that doesn't add anything to the article.

Analysis: Cruise ship accident kills five

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The story starts off with a lead consisting of the what, where, why and a general who. The lead gives the reader a clear concise overview of the incident.

The first fact block states that none of the passengers were hurt, which is one of the first questions the reader probably wonders. The next paragraph talks about the crewmen being rescued, followed by the cruise line stating that the three injured did not suffer serious injuries. Then there is a little background info given about the ship docking followed by an explanation of how and why crewmen were killed and injured. The second to last paragraph states the ethnicities of the five killed and which hospital the injured were taken to. The final paragraph is the least important and states information about cancelled festivities.

The most important information that readers would be concerned about is located towards the beginning of the story. The paragraphs near the end have less importance or explain in more detail what was stated in the lead. Writing in this fashion is effective because you answer the reader's questions as they continue onto each paragraph. If you didn't state the most important facts and information at the beginning the reader would have lingering questions distracting them from the story. Lingering questions would eventually annoy and bore the reader, in which case they probably wouldn't finish the story.

The only thing I would have changed about the placement of paragraphs is where the how and why paragraph is located. This paragraph was placed sixth under the lead (out of nine paragraphs). Even though a brief piece of information about the why is given in the lead, I think the importance of this paragraph requires it to be further up in the story.

Analysis: Search continues for ex- LAPD cop

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The story "Mountain hunt for ex-LAPD cop enters 4th day" in The Seattle Times used a handful of sources. Some of these sources were named and a few remained unnamed.

The Seattle Times used six different sources. The sources named are the police chief, one of the captain's that was on the board who took away Dorner's badge, a store employee who found evidence from Dorner and online postings from Dorner. The two sources unnamed are a captain who was said to be a target of Dorner and law enforcement officers who had found evidence dealing with Dorner's disappearance.

The sources are scattered throughout the story. Each source goes with the fact block that it relates to. The sources are scattered throughout to help make the story flow better and to give credibility to different aspects of the story. All the information provided is given by people.

Most of the time when the reporter is attributing someone they introduce the person and then the following paragraph will be a direct quote from them. There are a few times when the reporter attributes a new person at the end of the quote with their title, but the quote still starts off the paragraph. When the reporter refers to the captain who is unnamed they explain that the captain is a target of the suspect.

I think this reporter's use of attribution is effective. When there are longer quotes the reporter introduces the person beforehand. If the quote is shorter the person is usually named after the quote. This allows the reader to know who is speaking, rather than making them guess. The way the reporter attributed the unnamed captain was effective by giving a short, clear and concise explanation as to why they weren't named.

Analysis: U.S. tourist found dead in Istanbul

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The New York Times uses the lead, "A Staten Island woman who failed to return home from a vacation alone in Turkey last month, setting off a frantic search by American and Turkish authorities, was found dead on Saturday, according to her family and the Turkish authorities".

The lead is very informative, it contains the who, what, where and when. The who and where are stated generally. The lead doesn't specifically say who or where, but it gives enough information to pull in the reader. The what is bluntly stated and the why is not located in the lead.

Even though the lead is informative, it is very wordy. The reporter could have written a more clear and concise lead. The part about the woman failing to return home form vacation could've been taken out and put in the second paragraph.

The generality of the who and where in the lead work well in the story. It gives context right away to the story, but not too much detail where the read gets lost. The fact that a woman from the U.S. was found dead in another country is enough information to keep the reader's attention; it's something that isn't a frequent occurrence.

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