By Christina Munnell
Writer Eric Lacitis of the Seattle Times article on the "Bitter Barista" is structured in a way that provides the information in sort of a feature story format. He follows the inverted pyramid style by beginning with the most important facts, but elongates the story by adding a lot of details and quotes. He also has a tendency to tell the story in chronological order.
In the article "Bitter Barista loses job over snarky blog about customers, boss," the progression of information starts with a strong lead that gives the most important information. Then, instead of getting right to the hard details, it provides quotes from Watson's blog and other facts about Watson's life. The story is written in a way that gives a lot of background information along with the facts.
The writer summarizes important facts, but sort of interjects them in-between other, less relevent paragraphs, like Watson's dream of becoming a rapper. The ordering is a bit confusing in that it begins by following a chronological order, then jumps back and forth from fact to fact near the end. I believe Lacitis did this because even though this is a breaking news story, it is sort of a human interest story as well. People are interested in knowing about the blog and Watson, rather than just knowing of his job loss.
Because this was a lighter story, the structure was effective in that it provided many interesting details and background information along with the hard facts. Perhaps Lacitis could have followed more of a coherent pattern. Overall, the story is well-written and interesting enough that the audience would read it to the end.