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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/