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Analysis: Diversity

I found a news story about the Somalian culture group. The story from The Star Tribune was in relation to a particular Somali gang linked to a sex ring in Minnesota.

The story refers specially to the group as a "large scaled Somali gang" multiple times. The writer points out how a 15-year-old girl was being promoted by these Somalian males. The story also mentions some of the men as being members of the terrorist group Al-Shabab.

I asked my friend Mustafa Hassan, a 21-year-old Somalian student, to read the story and reflect on it. "This story doesn't surprise me at all," Hassan said. "There's always stuff in the news about Somalians."

"I think the writer wrote too much about the Somalian men. He should have focused more on facts with the girl from the case," Hassan said.

The article also mentioned a Somalian terrorist group, Al-Shabab. "Some people at the U look at me like I'm a terrorist. I've never even had a speeding ticket," Hassan said.

It may have been beneficial to get some quotes from someone other than Ramsey County officials. Even just one Somalian's opinion from the community would've given the article more substance.

Analysis: Numbers

Gopher's first conference win

This article's use of numbers is very important. The Minnesota football team earned its first conference win of the season after losing nine straight games. That's a big deal!

To emphasize the importance of the win, the writer slid certain statistics and facts into the story. The reporter begins the story by stating the team had not produced a win in "over two months." It was clear to the reader how relieved the team's interim head coach would be after enduring "19 consecutive losses" between this program and his last one.

He wrote there was a "10 point deficit with only eight minutes to play" showing the great comeback the Gopher's had.

The reporter seemed to use his own math to distinguish the other obstacles like "half a doze dropped passes" and allowing the other team to score in "four of their first five possessions in the second half."

However, the most important number was the score difference of "four points." This number made the difference in the game.

Analysis: Obits

I looked at an obituary in The Star Tribune about Edwin Brown, a local dentist.

The main source in the obituary was one of Brown's daughters. She was quoted about her father's persona, church, and family moments. The source certainly helped elevate the story and give a more in depth look into Brown's life. His daughter talked brought details to the reader of Brown's hard working attitude, and how hard it was for the family when his church dissolved.

The lead in the obituary was not standard. It started with a classy activity Brown partook in before his death. A quote followed by his daughter,
"This is just the way he was," said a daughter, Nancy Johnson of Bloomington. "He was a cheerleader for everyone he met." The lead seems to work because of Brown's impact on the community. Readers around the area would appreciate a "good feel" in the lead.

An obituary is not nearly as boring as a standard resume. Though the background of the person is fairly in depth, the writer used a strong word choice to describe his life experiences. The obituary celebrates the life of a person with in depth information, rather than straight facts.

Analysis: Speeches/meeting

News report:
Press release:

The report is regarding the National Black Farmers Association rally and press conference on Capitol Hill. The report had a variety of quotes from influential members of government including senators and the president of the National Black Farmers Association. The length was longer than the press release. The report gave multiple background information on the association as well as financial statistics. The reader was able to see the organizations intentions in great detail, as well as why they're looking to the Obama administration for assistance.

The press release was vague in details of what was all happening for the rally. It gave a paragraph or so of background information and followed it with the intentions for the rally. It was more detailed in the sense of time and place. The release gave specific times, days of the week, locations, and other organizations involved with the rally.
Example: Saturday, February 6, 2010: Little Rock, Arkansas (The Downtown Hilton)
The release also gave a contact name and phone number, in order for the press to call for further information.

Analysis: Multimedia

The New York Times vs. The Star Tribune

The New York Times has an immense amount of features in their multimedia section. Besides a normal photo slide show for stories, the organization includes audio with photos, as well as interactive features such as this tennis story showing different angles of hitting on the court. Maps and video features help the reader see more in depth into the story. Certain slide shows give multiple paragraph descriptions in the pictures. These descriptions give the reader more background into who or what was in the photo.

The Star Tribune offers normal photos, video, and audio to go along with certain stories. They certainly don't offer as much multimedia, because they don't include as many news features as The New York Times. However, the podcast feature is available to the reader. These pod casts include weather posts, as well as profiles on people such a government candidates and athletes. The writing next to photos is extremely straight forward. Usually there is only one sentence beside the photo. The sentence consists of the important, factual information that the reader needs to know.

Analysis: Structure

The article I will be doing for the blog analysis is The Star Tribune story on a gang member who pleaded guilty on shootings at Southdale mall.

The reporter gave the most important details in the first paragraph, including what happened, who was affected and where the shooting occurred.

The information is ordered in a margarita glass fashion. The first couple of paragraphs explains the key information on the suspect involving the case, and then was followed by a summary of the events in chronological order.

I would not change the story. It's clear and provides the information, I as a reader, would want to know. I got the background of the suspect, as well as the punishment and past information on the crime he pleaded guilty for.
Attribution is given in the middle of the story with an explanation from the Hennepin county judge. This attribution makes the reader believe the story and its facts because of its source.

Analysis: Attribution

The article I will be analyzing for the analysis is the Pioneer Press story on a Walgreen's robber's sentencing.

This article had a variety of sources for the material being covered. The term "witness" was used and was never given specific attribution. However, key quotes were made from the suspect's sister as well as employees who reported what the robber said in Walgreen's.

The first source was the police, who basically reported the facts of what happened. This information is important for the reader to feel they're getting reliable and straight forward information.

The next source was the employees, who had reported quotes from the suspect to police. The employees also stated the suspect had possession of drugs and a large knife. This information gives the reader more information on the actual robbery.

Finally, the suspect's sister gave information on her brother's background, explaining his criminal and drug history. She also quoted her brother and how he was feeling after the incident.

The attributions made in this story are overall very clear. They give the story more depth and make the reader feel more informed about what really happened.

Analysis: Leads

The lead I will be using for this analysis is from The Star Tribune; "The mothers of the two hikers still imprisoned in Iran ramped up their campaign to push for the release of their sons Wednesday."

This lead contains the most important information as it clearly give the who (mothers of the two hikers), the what (continues to push for their sons' release), the where (Iran), and the when (Wednesday). It also skips over the how and why, which will be covered in the following paragraph.

The Star Tribune has been covering this situation in depth for a while, as it has to do with someone from Minnesota. Therefore, the names of the people involved are not needed in the lead since the readership is familiar with the story.
There are not any wasted words in this lead. Nothing is too detailed in a way that takes away from the focus of the story, which is the campaign for the return of the hikers.

As a straightforward hard-news lead, the writer finds the action and gives the most important information early. The details are general and encourage the reader to look on in order to see what the mothers are doing in order to push the release of their sons.

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