December 4, 2008

Writing Headlines

Typically I believe that headlines are pretty easy to come about. Basically rephrase what the whole subject of the paper is about and then pretty much put it above the article. However, sometimes headlines can be very challenging. The 3 news sources that I looked at were newsweek.com, cnn.com, and msnbc.com. These three news sources were all pretty general. Some of them had interesting headlines others were pretty plain and simple.

For example, Newsweek tended to have very interesting headlines. From waist line- talking about the hip to waist ratio, Why Israel isn't angry- subject on how India has sieged the Nariman House, basically summing up the attacks on Mumbai. CNN tended to keep there headlines straight and to the point about what the article would be about. Nameless victims haunt bone detective, Paitent dies after wandering into roof, etc. However, when I looked at the entertainment section I did not see much of a discrpancy ither. There were no lively headlines. I would pretty much say the same goes for msnbc.com as well.

November 8, 2008

Food Writing


I am obsessed with bread. I honestly have to eat some type of carbohydrate product with every meal that I have. So it was quite interesting when I found out that the two articles I picked were about bread.
On a different note, prior to this blog I have never really read any article on food. So looking at these particular instances was quite interesting.
The NY Times article was centered around the authour's history with bread and how during Thanksgiving her family had taken the bread basket away. Now they had returned the bread basket and she is writing about the fond memories of her past with her father's baked bread, and her now present dealings with bread.
The second article highlighted certain companies that make bread bags. These bread bags are suppose to keep the breads fresh. In general most of the bags did not work that well.
All in all, food writing seems to be very personal and opinion oriented. It is descriptive and informative as well.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/dining/12appe.html?_r=1&ref=dining&oref=slogin

October 27, 2008

Covering Businesses

I was not quite sure as to what specifically I should write about, so this is what I did.


Well I have never really paid that much attention to the coverage of business in the news. I always assumed that most news coverage on businesses was simply the same as news coverage about general things, such as building a new stadium or something along those lines. However, as I looked more deeply within the Business sections on cnn.com and the star tribune website they both appealed to me in different ways. First the document from the star tribune talked about an entrepreneur that bought a house in Tanzania for sheltered children, where as in cnn.com they were mainly focused on money and how no one can really loan money anymore due to the economic crisis.

After reading the BBC article I found out that when they talk about businesses they like to kind of add if they are a fortune 500 company or not. As in this case I think it was relevant. I do not think they do it all the time. I think since the topic was talking about millions of dollars being sent to banks it was kind of something that needed to be added.

As for the Star Tribune article I was touched, normally I would never think about finding an article about a millionaire sending money to Africa to start a school for orphaned children. The MN native sent about $4.4 million to Tanzania to give AIDS orphaned children a life and education that they would have never had. I am unsure as to what company the man belongs to or what he does but I thought that was very nice.


http://money.cnn.com/2008/10/27/news/companies/bank_bailout/index.htm?postversion=2008102716

http://www.startribune.com/business/33272494.html?elr=KArks:DCiU1OiP:DiiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiU

October 19, 2008

Opinion writing

Opinion writing is something that I have always been very fond of. I enjoy reading opinion sections because I feel it allows the writer to freely express things that are on or that have been on their minds’. There is never a topic that is automatically chosen for the writer to write; it is more that the writer chooses whatever topic they want to discuss, and they discuss it.

To take a closer/ deeper look into the world of opinion writing, I focused on a more local personal type of writing and looked at the online body talk section by Josephine Marcotty.

I found her piece under the blog section. In her piece she plainly lays out that she can write about whatever she wants. So for this week’s section she talks about stool transplants and how the idea was introduced to her from her brother- in- law. I do not want to go into specifics but she keeps her blogs very short and straight to the point. – Which is equally good because most readers do not want to be bombarded with such long opinion statements.

http://blogs2.startribune.com/blogs/bodytalk/

October 14, 2008

Photo Slide Shows

Ok so the sites that I looked ranged for yahoo.com, msnbc.com, and espn.com.

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Airline-Security/ss/events/ts/082506airlinesecurit;_ylt=ArmMxAFKOjozP.puz6CDwQxpaP0E

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27155278/displaymode/1107/s/2/

http://expn.go.com/expn/slideshow?section=Rally&id=3372900

All of the slideshows looked to be very intriguing and graphic. I was really taken away by the contrast and reality of the photos. There was no doubt in my mind that these were taken by professional photographers.

The things that worked throughout these slideshows were the many different camera angles they used and the amount of detail that was showcased. None of these websites had head captions to their actual individualized pictures but they did caption the basic genre of the photographs.

However, I did not think that yahoo’s slide show pictures were very good. They were kind of dull and not too graphic as MSNBC’s or espn’s. In addition I did not feel like the pictures flowed very well because the main theme was airport security and they seemed to have picture’s of people stepping on a step scan in Tel Aviv, then it all of a sudden shows a Nepalese security officer looking at a plane wreckage, and other such things that do not really have much of a significance to air line security at all.

On a different note, I really like MSNBC’S slide show pictures because their photos were very graphic and real. The pictures of a car on fire, and all the firemen that are watering down the Southern California blaze that destroyed parts of they city. It just looks so real to me, that I would commend the photographer.

October 5, 2008

Vice Presidential Debate

The Vice Presidential debate took place on October 2nd in St. Louis, Missouri. There were numerous topics that were covered throughout the whole entire debate. Topics ranged from foreign policy, the political crisis, and global warming. Even though both candidates are suppose to agree to disagree there were topics that they did agree upon. Such as gay marriage, and some other things.

The debate showcased both candidates abilities to talk about certain things that their particular parties covered. Some say Sen. Biden won the debate, others argue that Sarah Palin did not win, nor did she loose. I must remain non partisan and say that it definately was apparent that Joe Biden did answer most of the questions that moderator Gwen Ifill asked. On the other hand, Gov. Palin really did not go into much detail about answering the questions. She more or less just talked about the certain issues she wanted to talk about and then if she deemed it necessary to answer Ifill's questions she would.

As for the coverage of this whole entire issue I went to three major sources. Cnn.com, bbc.com, and msnbc.com. None of these sources seemed like they were biased. I believe most of the news sources were not biased at all. They were just reporting simple news facts. Be it polls about which particular VP candidate did better at the debate vs. the other. Overall I believe there was a huge amount of criticism towards Gov. Palin. She did not win, nor did she loose the debate. However, her reference to "mavericks" has made her receive criticism from such TV shows as SNL.

On a whole different note, I specifically wanted to focus on the headlines that were posted between Friday and Sunday. Friday of course was more focused on the results of the VP Debate while Sunday was more centrally focused on getting back to the Presidential candidates. On Sunday I found that all of my three sources focused on the accusations of Sen. Obama being linked to a domestic terrorist. Palin was the one who brought this revelation to Americans attention. I personally do not think it was right for her to come out and sa this because what relevance does it have to her campaign? I believe she prides herself and the McCain campaign on being patriotic but bashing another candidate out in my opinionis not "patriotic".

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/03/biden.palin.analysis/index.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7647986.stm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27009015/

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/05/palin.obama.terrorist.claim/index.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7653132.stm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27022487/

September 29, 2008

Presidential Debate

It was a Friday evening and I was tuned into what some may call a making in history. I was very interested in what both the candidates had to say on their particular view points. Especially since this was a crucial moment in the United States. As of today, we are most likely in a serious state of an economic disaster and they were at Ole Miss talking about what Americas future could possibly be.

The topic that night was foreign policy. They talked about the particular policies that they would deliberately enforce and what they want to see done in Iraq. No candidate had a direct jab at the other. To me the tension was high and at times it seemed like Sen. John McCain did not want to look at Sen. Barack Obama but they each said what they wanted and got their view points across. They argued over war and taxes, as well as the economic crisis. They also clashed on such topics as energy and the war in Iraq. McCain spoke of Obama’s liberal voting
record, and his vote to cut off funds for troops in Iraq. Obama answered McCain’s opinions with being a liberal voter because he opposed George Bush’s wrong-headed policies, and he opposed funding for the troops
because the bill was presented as a blank check to the Pentagon. Nevertheless, I must stay non-partisan and not adhere to one party more than the other.

However, in the articles I looked at, the Star Tribune made it a point to get across how much they thought Sen. McCain did a better job than Sen. Obama in the debate. They argued that McCain as much more experienced and doubted Obama's tactics and his lack of experience (they say). As for the BBC, they focused more on both of the candidates. There were references to polls that had Obama ranked higher than McCain but they still did not dwell any deeper in the issue of who "won" the debate.

All in all, I liked watching and will definitely stay tuned for the October debates.

Sources I looked at were

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7638435.stm

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/president/29832599.html?elr=KArks8c7PaP3E77K_3c::D3aDhUeyDiPhD:aUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

September 22, 2008

U.S. Economy

There are far too many words that have the same pronunciation and different spelling but a huge amount of difference when it comes to meaning. Then there are words that are exactly the same, but what occurred or occurs on that day is a different story. Take for instance, Black Friday. Black Friday to the retail addicted population is the day after Thanksgiving. However, Black Friday is also known as a financial chaos that occurred under the presidential guidance of Ulysses S. Grant. In that year of 1869 the US underwent issues surrounding the buying and selling of gold that was bad for the national economy. Prices rose and stocks declined. To this day in America there have been large amounts of economic growth and decline. As of the present, the U.S. economy is still undergoing its final evolution.

In other terms, the U.S. is in a bad economic situation and this has been apparent for some time. From news sources such as the LA Times, cnn.com, bbc.com, and the local Star Tribune there have been many headlines that pertain to a dwindling economy. However, Americans are told not to fear because when they wake up tomorrow everything will be the same. This news about the economy is not something that will or could potentially affect Americans immediately. But there are significant things that require some immediate sacrifices for the world, government, and the citizens of the U.S.

My observation and assumptions about this particular topic range from three different sources: latimes.com, cnn.com, and bbc.com.

As I was browsing the websites, latimes.com seemed to have some information about the national economic crisis. It was not the biggest headliner on their homepage but it was to the right hand column of the website. However, cnn.com and bbc.com had headline information about the bailout plan. In terms of covering the information pertaining to this crisis, it is only logical to realize that bbc.com and cnn.com should have a wide array of coverage on this topic. This is apparent because latimes.com is more of a locally news oriented online paper, whereas cnn.com and bbc.com respectively cater to a national and international audience. Although latimes.com is more of a local genre...the information I received from the article was very interesting. I now realize that the stock market plays a huge role in foreign affairs. Not only is Wall Street something Americans pay attention to, it is also a way for foreign countries to get involved in international business that ultimately hinders the American economy but increases their rising electronic, scientific, and economic regime.

In terms of solid facts I believe all three of these sources shared very important information that had to have come from accurate statistical and accountable sources. As for bias in the reporting, that was not apparent to me. The only form I could potentially see was in the bbc.com article. – The article talked about Senator Obama’s and Senator McCain’s opinion on the bailout plan. Of course Democratic and Republican viewpoints are very different but since this is such a delicate issue that will be played out in the years to come this is something that is an important topic in the rest of their campaigning days.

As for the reporting within these articles I thought it was very straightforward and informational. I did not feel like I had to do any outside research in order for me to understand such things as, ‘Morgan Stanley’ or who Henry Paulson is. Overall I liked the articles I chose to read. It may sound bias but in my opinion I really like the bbc.com article the best because it is more of an international perspective and really talked about arrange of different topics correlating with their main topic.-Whereas ccn.com and latimes.com followed more deeply on one topic.

The three article links are as listed:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-markets23-2008sep23,0,5079556.story

http://money.cnn.com/2008/09/22/news/economy/bailout_proposal_Monday/index.htm?cnn=yes

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7629823.stm