Analyze the progression of information in a news story. How has the reporter summarized the important elements? How has the reporter ordered the information? Why? Is it effective? Could it be done differently? How?
In the NPR article about the typhoon in the Philippines, the reporter spread the important elements throughout the article like a narrative instead of a hard news story. The reporter was very descriptive.
The information was in a narrative-like order because of the way they phrased their sentences and in a so to speak, "beat-around-the-bush" way.
I think this particular article would be more effective as an in-depth analysis and not as a hard news story.
To be changed into a hard news story, there would be less description such as the sentence,
"Pounding rains obscured the view of anyone on the streets as soldiers and police scrambled to safely evacuate thousands of people in low-lying areas, where rivers and the sea spilled into shanties, hospitals, swanky hotels and even the seaside U.S. Embassy compound,"
to something more of the lines like this: Soldiers and police safely evacuated thousands of people in the pounding rain out of low-lying areas.
The second sentence is more succinct and gives the news right away in less words.