April 26, 2009

Analysis on records

This story discusses the recent outages that have been occurring to the street lights in Detroit. The records that were used were the number of street lights that are in the city, the lights that were reported being out, and the number of people who are in maintenance team. The computer skills that are needed include knowing how to look up public records, and putting up links.


April 11, 2009

Analysis on diversity

A story by The New York Times discussed how strict immigration laws are driving away foreign engineers and entrepreneurs. The main focus was how companies in the Silicon Valley rely heavily on immigrants for their engineering talent and new ideas. There is a lot of substance in the story. It was created by the inclusion of a "main character" in the story to concentrate on.


April 5, 2009

Analysis on number use

In a story reporting Antoine Winfield's recent contract negotiations numbers are used a few times. The numbers are used to describe Winfield's current contract, the Viking's past salary cap numbers, and their current salary cap numbers. The numbers are not overwhelming and they do a good job describing what is going on. In the story there was very little number crunching involved, just straight numbers. The numbers are public information and the sources were not given specifically in the story.


March 29, 2009

Analysis on obits

In the obituary for Irving R. Levine a regular lead was used, and it did a good job of summarizing Levine's claim to fame. The sources that were used included, Danial Levine, his birth record, and other organizations that had information on his life. It differs from a resume because it tells small tidbits about his personality.


March 8, 2009

Analysis on event coverage

The Minnesota Daily advanced a story about the event called Heads vs. Feds. The sources used in the story included the Minnesota Senate judiciary committee and the Minnesota Programs and Activities Council. The angle was how Minnesota has recently passed a bill about marijuana but that was pretty much it. The story was much more of a listing and it didn't have a strong angle.


March 1, 2009

Analysis on meeting/press conference

The AP wrote a story on a press conference held by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. In the story the war in Afghanistan and Iraq dominated the article. This was the same for in the transcript, but all the information was not included. Gates started the press conference discussing the defense budget. This wasn't included in the story. This was probably because the most important issue was what the administration was planning on doing in Afghanistan and Iraq.

AP story:

News Transcript:

February 22, 2009

Analysis on spot and follows

These two news stories were written on the same day but they were posted nearly six hours after each other. Even thought they are same day stories, they provide a great example on how follows are done.

The first story talks about the raw details of the recent signing of Joe Crede by the Minnesota Twins. The details of the contract were given along with the information that a news conference introducing Crede would be held later.

The second story gives the same information on the signing as the first story but more analysis is shown. Quotes are used to detail why the signing happened and why it's important. Also more background information on Crede was given to give the story a fuller feel.

Both of the stories were written by the same news organization.

First story:

Second story:

February 15, 2009

Analysis on structure

The Pioneer Press' article on the Gophers recent loss to Penn State has a good progression to it. At the beginning of the story what happened in the game was generally stated along with the implications of the loss. The info is ordered in an inverted pyramid structure with the most important information at the top. This was done to keep the reader interested and make sure the most important info wasn't lost in the story. This was effective to a point but I personally like the details of the game and this wasn't written in until the end of the story.

Link to story:

February 8, 2009

Analysis on attribution

In the Pioneer Press' story about the Gopher basketball team's recent loss to Ohio State, four different sources seem to be used.

The sources were players Blake Hoffarber, Damian Johnson, and coach Tubby Smith. Also used were probably the stats from the official scorer. The reporter witnessed the event and some of the stats he may have recorded himself but the he probably checked them with the official scorer's records.

The attributions are scattered throughout the story not cluttered in one area.

The attributions are set up effectively with quotes starting paragraphs, the attribution right after that and a quote closing out the paragraph.

The Story:

January 31, 2009

Analyzing News Leads

"NBC said on the eve of Sunday's Super Bowl that it has sold the last two of the 67 advertising spots for the game, pushing total ad revenue for the event to a record $206 million."

The major news element is novelty seeing that it's a story about the large sums of revenue being brought in by NBC through advertising. The lead starts with the who, NBC and continues to the what, Super Bowl ads. The other news value that's being used is immediacy because the Super Bowl is coming up very soon. The numbers are detailed including the final two spots being sold and that $206 million is being brought in by NBC.