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Analysis: CAR

The blog about pension problems in California used computer assisted reporting to help with the reporter's story.

It looked like that the reporter cross-referenced stories regarding the same topic to find a certain trend. The reporter most likely subscribed to an RSS feed about this topic to get their information.

The reporter linked the blog to the actual story. That means that they knew basic computer skills because linking from one site to another is a fairly easy thing to do.

The reporter at least has basic computer skills to contribute to the website. As a reporter, one should have a basic knowledge of how computers work, because pretty soon everything is going to go electronic.

Analysis: Diversity

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The story about the Maoist attacks in India on the BBC website is very accurate according to Ravi, who is of Indian descent.

"The BBC does a good job of providing the right amount of background information when they report," Ravi said. "Whenever I read stories on the CNN Web site about India they always manage to link every story to Pakistan...like every problem involving India has something to do with Pakistan."

The quotes and facts used in the story accurately depict exactly what is going on between the Maoist rebels and the United Progressive Alliance. It also does a good job of giving insight into what is going and between the two sides and why the Maoists are attacking, according to Ravi.

Ravi, 21, is a student at the University of Minnesota. He is currently majoring in political science and says he reads the BBC Web site every morning to get his news. Both of his parents are of Indian descent

Analysis: Numbers

David Leonard, New York Times, wrote a story about CEO's of various companies and how compensations they receive through their company should have boundaries.

Leonard used numbers to show the reader how much certian CEO's are making annually these days. He also used numbers to explain how some Fortune 100 firms failing at calculating risks, a clawback.

Leonard used numbers in his story very effectively. The reader should not be confused with the the numbers he used. They are presented in a clear and concise way.

He does not confuse the reader with the kinds of numbers he uses.He references Equilar, which is a compensation firm, to back up his facts.

Analysis: obits

The obituary for Frank DiGangi, who was the former associate dean for the College of Pharmacy at the U, was like a regular obit story, but with a twist.

The reporter decided to not just lead into the obit with a standard obit lead. They decided to provided some background information about the deceased that might have been included in the chronology, which works really well. It is a way of adding to the story without making the actual chronology part too long. There is still the typical obit lead, but it's about five graph's in.

Colleagues and a family member of DiGangi were used as sources for the obit. They provided good commentary for DiGangi because they are the people that knew him the best.

An obit differs from a resume, in the sense that an obit is written about someone who is deceased. An obit has more of a narrative to the way it's read. A resume usually just has the important facts listed with really no connecting sentences.

Analysis: Speeches/meetings

The statement released by the White House President Obama about President Obama's thoughts on the elections in Iraq were used as "bookends" for the news report in The Wall Street Journal.

Kathy Chen decided to use key quotes from Obama's statement to help start and end her story about the recent Iraqi elections. She used the middle of her report to provide background information about the elections.

The information the Chen wanted the reader to know was that Obama had the utmost respect for the people of Iraq that went out and voted.

Though the main focus of her story was to let the readers know that Obama was happy about the turn-out of the elections, most of the information provided in the report was focused on background information surrounding the entire elections.

It made sense to do that, since the statement was short. The story made sense and readers get a something that is short and sweet.

Analysis: Multimedia

The New York Times and USA Today are two newspapers that have adapted well to the new-age of technology and the ways information is dispersed. They way that they incorporate their multimedia into their news is a way to help a reader have a better grasp of what they are reading or seeing.

Both news organizations use pictures and video to compliment some of their stories. Also, they both have links to exclusively view news videos and photos.

The New York Times seems to have more video, or photo links to go along with their top stories on the main page. USA Today has more of a featured section on the news stories that have video, or photos to help describe the story.

Both news organizations use multimedia aspects to help write their story. With the photo slideshows, usually the captions help tell what is happening in the photo, as well as to help tell the whole story.

Having a video or photo to describe a news story really helps the reader visualize what's being reported. It almost helps put a reader right into the middle of a story.

Analysis: Spot and follows

The story about the man who had crashed his plane into the side of an Internal Revenue Service building showed differences between the first-day report and the follow-up story.

The first-day story mainly introduced what facts were available. The lead was very basic giving the five W's as its basis. The follow-up story's lead gave the five W's, but it was written in a more eloquent way, if that really matters.

The information given in the first-day story was elaborated on in the second-day story. New facts were introduced, and old facts were taken out. Some quotes were kept in the from the first-day story, but new quotes were added in with the old ones in the follow-up story.

This follow-up story did a real fine job of continuing the news and adding extra elements to keep a reader informed.

Analysis: Progression of information

New York Times reporter Isabel Kershiner wrote a story about a Palestinian sex scandal and used the progression of information in an efficient way.

The information about the scandal is given in chronological order, but the entire story wouldn't be considered chronologically structured.

The story of the scandal itself needed to be set up chronologically to give the reader a background of what happened, which leads to the reader producing a well-educated opinion of the facts.

After the details of the sex scandal were given, Kerishner included opinions and facts from both sides to make her story credible. The information was also strategically placed in the story, which helps the reader gain a full understanding of things to come in the future.

Analysis: Attribution

The story, by the Minnesota Daily, about the new "app building" class used attribution very effectively.

The basis of the story is about how graduate students at the University of Minnesota can take a course on how build and use educational applications for mobile devices.

The story used the person who is going to teach the course, Assistant Professor Charles Miller, as the first reference and the main reference, which made the story credible.

The story also brought in the opinions of graduate students about what they thought of the new course, which made the story well-rounded. It is always good to include input from both sides of a subject, when possible, to give a reader a good understanding of what's going on.

The story also didn't make the use of attributions confusing. A reader could tell who was speaking and what they were speaking about.

Analysis: News leads

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The lead that was used in the story by Espn about Brett Favre's future portrayed most of the elements of a hard-news lead.

It included the what, where, when and who, which are essential to hard-news stories.
Plus, it gave the reader a basic understanding of what the story was going to be about.

In the lead Favre said that his return to football next year would be "highly unlikely", which is considered a descriptive fact of the situation. For that part to be considered as a generalized fact Favre would have had to of said that he "didn't know" about his future.

The lead also mentioned the place and event of where the information was obtained. If the person who wrote the story wanted to be general they could have just mentioned the day they received the information, for example.


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