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by Kendall Mark

In a story published in the New York Times about mine safety, the three journalists held interviews with employees, present and former, from the Massey Energy mine and TECO Coal Corporation. They've collected data from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration on violations relating to both companies and divulged information on how the companies various practices promote or fail to promote mine safety. They've looked at records from both companies discharge lists and looked into why people were fired, plus at vacation times due to injury. They've noted deaths in the past two years because of mine safety and failures to fix things regulators have said they needed to.

Most of the information came from workers and federal documents, which involve knowing how to navigate and filter through the documents. They also would have needed to know the most basic question of where to look and who to ask for the information, since it might have been hard to access out of Massey Energy (considering what they are currently going through with the recent deaths due to safety failure), An idea of where the mine was and other mines around it would have been neccesary so they would need to know how to find that out and who to contact.

Analysis-News Obituary

by Kendall Mark

I looked at the Chet Simmons obituary in the New York Times about his life as an ESPN founding force and found multiple sources. Sources use were: ABC, NBC, ESPN, family, the New York Times, author James Andrew Miller, George Grande, NFL, and Roone Arledge to name a few.

It was a standard obit lead with his full name, a sum of what he did in life, where he died, and his age, shortly followed by the cause of death in the second paragraph.

I thought this lead worked because it is a general obituary in a very busy news paper that has to write obits on a daily basis. Anything that would vary would make it more complex.

The obit differs from a resume because it lists his accomplishments, but with quotes from other people and not necessarily in order of which they happened. It's also different because the writing style gives it more of a personalized touch unlike a resume which is very bland and indifferent.

Analysis-news structure in Southern snowfall story

by Kendall Mark

The reported for the CNN story "More snow coming South" summarized the important events by relevance and impact. The story began with the National Weather Service advisory warning of approaching snow, which had more relevance than what has already happened. From there, he or she listed events that have happened thus far because of snowfall by the largest to the smalles, or the most to the least impact. He/she concluded with a summary of notable snowfall amounts and stastics on snow coverage throughout the country.

I believe it was an effective way of approaching the story line because it made the story as clear as possible. It could have been approached with a bit more enthusiasm, adding personal stories to break up the long list of facts to give the story a more personalized touch.

Analysis- sources in Kettleman City story

by Kendall Mark

In the article about birth defects in a California city by the New York Times there were near 13 various sources used.

The sources that were named were: state officials, Waste Management, various residents, health authorities, the EPA, Gov. Schwarzenegger, Kings County officials, and the state.

The sources used were scattered pretty regularily throughout the story, never leaving the reader to guess where the information came from or who was speaking.

Not all of the named sources were direct quotes from people, but some were city residents, officials, and representatives. Some information that was not named would have come from public records, historical refrences, environmental groups, maps, and health reports.

The reporter did a nice job setting up the attribution in this story. It wasn't as straight forward as most articles but it was articulated and layed out in a format that made the attribution clear. He did this by placing quotes after describing specifics on companies and by giving attribution within the sentence. This form of attribution style is effective because it allows you to read the story without the extra bagage of constantly reading "he said/she said."

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