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Multimedia Analysis

This Star Tribune article about a home explosion features a video of firefighting units working on the blaze, as well as an interview with an eyewitness, the fire-chief, and a Center Point spokeswoman. Text in the video is limited to bold descriptive section titles. The page also features a photo slide show, with single-sentence cutlines that describe what is happening in the photo. These complement the news story by providing visual context to the article.

WCCO
follows a similar format, with a photo slideshow using one sentence descriptive cutlines as well as an embed of their TV coverage. However, WCCO's main body text is shorter than the Star Tribune's.

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.

Attribution Analysis

Only two sources are used in this Star Tribune article about a driver's fiery encounter with a wayward mattress on I-494.

Quotes and paraphrased information from driver Kathy Rich and witness James Wood comprise almost the entire story. All attribution is from people, with no documents or records referenced. Attribution is effective as it is easy to tell where each piece of information originated. The author was able to avoid repetitive attribution, using multiple structures.

The author could have strengthened this story by including police or fire officials as sources to corroborate and confirm the eyewitness/participant information, and to lend credibility and an official voice to the piece.

Lead Analysis

"Ben Bernanke has been approved to serve a second four-year term as chairman of the US Federal Reserve, the country's powerful central bank."

The news elements of timeliness and prominence are dominant in the news lead from this BBC News story on the re-appointment of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The lead is fairly detailed, including Bernanke's full name, the proper title of the U.S. central bank, the length of the appointment term, and an allusion to the bank's power. This is a straightforward hard-news lead, including exclusively the "what", "who", and "when" of the story. 'Where" is omitted from the lead because it is not vitally important, and because proximity is not a prominent news value for this story.

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