December 7, 2008



In “Ongoing Steroid Coverage� Michael O’Keeffe used computer assisted reporting to investigate the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports, particularly baseball.

O’Keeffe needed to have basic computer knowledge as well as computer aided resources that allowed him to examine data throughout the year long investigation.

O’Keeffe also had the computer knowledge to keep digital track of Jose Canseco, Major League Baseball, steroids and drugs prevalent to his research.

November 17, 2008

Diversity Analysis

Diversity Analysis

“American Muslims get country’s cold shoulder� by Allie Shah truly depicts the Muslim stereotype and its effects on the Obama campaign.

The article depicts American’s views of Muslims and the double standard people set on the culture.

Shah interestingly tied in how an Obama staff moved a Muslim woman to a different person of the stage before he gave a speech in Wisconsin.

“The Obama camp also took action against further association between Obama and Muslims during a Michigan appearance. A female Obama supporter, who happened to be Muslim, attended his speech wearing a head scarf. The woman was standing on the stage behind Obama’s speech podium. An Obama camp staffer saw the woman and decided to move her to a different, less prominent spot.� –my previous blog

More importantly Shah made some very valid points on Obama promoter’s quickly and loudly denouncing Obama’s affiliation with the Muslim community without adding a “so what if he was�.

November 2, 2008

Obituary Analysis

Obituary Analysis
Ben Cohen of the Star Tribune wrote an obituary on Pastor Paul Monson of Edina.

The sources used are Rev. Craig Johnson, David Anderson and Rev. Tim Thorstenson. The whole obituary follows the standard obituary guidelines.

The lead does a good job of portraying who Paul Monson was while stating the facts of his age, hometown, and circumstances of death.

Sources: Star Tribune “Pastor understood healing power of the great outdoors�

October 19, 2008

Analysis Advance

“Fey on this week’s ‘SNL’ plans: ‘I don’t know’�

This article advances a possible appearance of Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live.

The angle is trying to hype a possible Sarah Palin skit, by noting the time and date as well as Fey mysteriously answering “I don’t know�.

Associated Press is the main source of information and an interview Tuesday at her NBC sitcom’s location.

The advance is largely quotes by Fey and date information for Saturday Night Live.

October 5, 2008

Spot and follows analysis

The Star Tribune printed the article "Anoka motorcyclist's death raises questions" by Abby Simons and Tim Harlow on September 19, 2008.

A follow up article was printed in the Star Tribune titled "No easy solutions to puzzle of Natasha's death" by Paul Levy

The first-day story sets the scene for what was found at the scene of the crime and what is suspected. There are no details and the article notes that Natasha Waalen, “received death threats after threatening to sue a local man�.

The first-day lead informs readers that authorities notified Waalen’s father that his daughter’s injuries indicate that her crash may not have been an accident. The follow up story opens with a personal description of Waalen being the ‘it girl’.

The follow up story incorporates personal description of Natasha Waalen by friends and adds more detail on Ryan Boland. There is also an emotional element that was absent from the first-day article.

Waalen’s previous complaints of Boland are explained in the follow up article, along with information about domestic violence and the suspected time and events of the crime.

The follow up ends the article with an interesting view on the tragic case. Journalist Paul Levy, notes how domestic violence can happen to anyone, and you can not tell an abuser just by looking at them.

September 28, 2008

Analysis structure


I chose to analyze the article “In search of the Giant Pumpkin� by Allie Shah.

The lead begins with “A science teacher� which is an interesting focus on the prize winning Chad Revier.

The second paragraph describes the prize money, the weight of his prize winning pumpkin and location of the contest.

Shah then quotes Revier, goes into dramatized detail of the weighing process, and then quotes Matt Marose, one of the events co-founders.

The end of the article focuses on the contest rules and finishes describing Revier’s even bigger pumpkin that was too rotten to be eligible for the contest.

I feel as though key information is given in the beginning, while the drama in the middle holds the reader to the end. I realize hard news is not supposed to have that type of drama or opinion but I think it works in this particular case.

The pumpkin contest was not a serious controversial topic, and Shah seemed to take advantage of that, while painting a picture of what the contest while the weighing took place.

September 21, 2008

China Milk Crisis

Analysis- Washington Post "Another Crisis But A New China?"

Throughout "Another Crisis But A New China", 4 sources are scattered throughout the article.

A chief financial officer of Mengniu (company), Yao Tongshan, is named; as well as a Beijing-based attorney, Li Fangping, and a father of a sickened child, Che Yanjun.

The father attribution really pulls at the reader’s heart strings on the issue, giving a personal connection. While the rest of the attributions reinforce statements made by the journalist, and voice personal opinions on either side of the issue. The attributions set up in this article are very effective. There is clearly a problem in China’s milk product production, and the writer notifies the reader about the problems without sounding opinionated.

September 14, 2008

Soon it will all vanish

Soon it will all vanish

In the Star Tribune article ‘Once again, a bridge’ the lead strikes the reader as a startling statement.

“Soon it will all vanish� grabs the reader’s attention, and is a bit confusing. Why would the new bridge which is replacing the collapsed one already ‘vanish’? This lead sentence draws in the reader to read further.

This lead sentence also qualifies as a blind lead. The reader is not quite sure where the writer’s direction is headed. It withholds a vital piece of information that the reader needs to know/read in order to understand the initial statement.

The reporter choose this approach to grab the reader by the hair and pull them farther into the story. There are many articles in various news papers about the I-35 Bridge; this lead is what sets this particular article apart from the rest.