Structure Analysis

In this Star Tribune news story about the State Senate voting to extend the General Assistance Medical Care program, information is organized in a standard inverted pyramid.

The lead summarizes in general the key who, what, and when information. The story becomes progressively more specific as it continues. The second paragraph lists the specific tally of votes. The third paragraph outlines some specifics of the GAMC and it's cost. The fourth and fifth paragraphs are devoted to giving both the Democrat and Republican responses to the vote.

The information has been ordered this way to provide the reader with the most important information first, becoming progressively less important. This story could have been done differently, for example using a martini-glass story structure. However, this is a hard news story and does not lend itself well to any format other than the inverted pyramid.

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