December 2009 Archives

Anne Hepburn

This fun feature is about an auction of clothes and jewelry that used to be owned by Audrey Hepburn.

Fans were able to see - but not yet buy - garments and other belongings of Hepburn on Tuesday.

This is important to fans and others interested in fashion because Hepburn's clothes almost never come to auction, Barchfield said.

Just two pieces in a previous auction sold for $1 million, and a Givenchy cocktail dress and a black lace cropped jacket Hepburn used to own are expected to make 15,000 to 20,000 pounds.

Most of the clothing comes from Tanja Star-Busmann who used to be a longtime friend of the actress.

This is a trend feature because it focuses on an event related to a popular person that would be of interest to most people.

It was interesting because most people don't know what happens to famous celebrities' belongings, especially after they die.

However, I would've liked to see more perspective from fans and people preparing to buy something at the auction. That would have brought more excitement and creativity to the feature.

Goldman's profits: Evil or helpful?

This is an in-depth feature is about how Goldman Sachs views itself as superior to other firms on Wall Street, how others view it, and how it weathered the financial crisis.


McLean points out that Goldman has benefited from public money, especially, which "taps into a deep fear that ... as one person puts it, Goldman's "skill set" is 'walking between the raindrops over and over again and getting away with it'."


The firm's growth has increased exponentially especially since Lloyd Blankfein became the C.E.O. McLean also attributes this success to Goldman's political connections - it may not be a coincidence that two of the firm's past four leaders were Treasury secretaries.


Interestingly, the feature said, in retrospect, the firm's executives don't think they needed any bailout money, which Blankfein attributes to the firm's renowned work ethic and ability to manage risk.


But others don't agree and call it "pure evil." Even former Goldman bankers say the firm thinks it's superior and that is a problem.


McLean also pointed out that Goldman's competition on Wall Street mostly complain about not knowing how much money the firm makes - even though it files public financial statements.


Goldman has millions of dollars in profits, but McLean doesn't really explain whether this might signify good times for the rest of America.


The feature is a backgrounder because it goes into detail about the firm, its history and dynamic. I really enjoyed reading it but the history of the firm was a little lengthy and somewhat boring.


Otherwise, the feature is very informative and well organized.

Palin, the cheerleader

This feature in the New York Times is about Sarah Palin's popularity - or lack thereof - among women voters in the United States.

Palin was introduced to country by the Republican Party to bolster John McCain's popularity during the elections. Not only did she decrease McCain's ratings, as the feature points out. She has divided Americans, "with less than a third of Americans saying that she is qualified to be president and less than half saying they view her "favorably" ... [But] those who still love her, really love her ..." 

Women are much less likely than men to think Palin is qualified for the presidency, and their dislike of her has less to do with politics than with their personal frustrations that an incoherent "cheerleader" could potentially "sashay" herself to the Oval Office.

"Pretty and popular, with no apparent interest in studying, she's the one who industrious girls were tacitly promised would not succeed in the real world," Belkin said.

I think this is a trend story because although it touches on Palin's persona, it focuses more on the bigger picture of what voters have been thinking, and it's a hot-button topic right now.

Interestingly, even Palin's own party is questioning her ability, perspective and experience, although Conservative men "love her." Belkin ends the feature with the admission that Americans enjoy watching Palin fail, and that she will never get anyone's respect.

This is a very engaging feature because it starts off reminding us of who Palin was last summer before the sudden media craze over her seemingly new approach and her new book.

The Palin ex-fan Belkin quoted at the beginning of the feature epitomizes how Palin is losing many female voters she needs because she is uninformed and embarrassing.

I think a few more quotes from another woman would have been interesting - maybe a quote from a strong Palin supporter to see why she's still sticking to Palin when the trend seems to be the opposite.

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