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April 5, 2009

Media Analysis on Numbers

The New York Times published an article on Egypt’s Peace Treaty. The article used numbers when referring to the year and years past, including the number of years in between certain relevant events. The second way in which the article referred to numbers was when talking about money. When the cost of something came up it was reported in decimals points of the billions. Instead of writing out $1,400,000,000.00, the reporter crunched it and wrote $1.4 billion. The last way numbers were used was in reference to age. These numbers could have been more overwhelming if the reporter hadn’t crunched the dollar amount, and spoke of the time by using “30 years ago” instead of simply stating the dates, which would have made the reader have to do the math. The numbers in the story were not all sourced. The dates in the story I am assuming were pretty much known fact, as well as ages of the people. The numbers were calculated by the reporter according to what it said in the treaty. In that way the reporter did math to make things easier for the reader to understand.

March 29, 2009

Media Analysis on Obituaries

The New York Times featured an obituary for Natasha Richardson, a well-known actress who died last week. The lead in her obit was just like the formula for leads we wrote in lab. It started with her full name, a reason why she was known, when and where she died. However, it was not followed up with a She was XX age, the first paragraph also explained how she died, her age, and where she lived. Sources in her obit included a spokesman for her husband, also a famous actor, a spokeswoman from the resort where the accident that lead to her death took place, references to her works, past interviews with her, references to articles about her in the Times, and her grandfather. The set up of the obit is in pretty much the same order as the ones we wrote, with the lead, the cause of death, her achievements, and the chronology. However the survived by part is stuck in the middle and the article ends with a quote from her grandfather. Its different than a resume because it goes into more detail about her life and is not written like a list.

March 6, 2009

Media Analysis on Event Coverage

The Star Tribune published an advance for the upcoming Gopher women’s basketball game in the Big Ten NCAA tournament. The writer put an interesting spin on the story by interviewing the team’s captain and focusing on what it will take for them to win. After they have suffered so many loses in this tournament already they need to win this upcoming game against Iowa to stay in the tournament. The main source in the Gopher team captain and the angle is her opinion on what it will take for them to win. This turns the advance into a story, not just a listing.

March 1, 2009

Meeting/Press Conference Media Analysis

I couldn't find a news report on a press conference or meeting that met the criteria for this media analysis so instead I found a news story on a speech and found the speech transcript as well so I chose to analyze that because I thought it would be fitting for the assignment.
President Obama gave a speech about withdrawing from Iraq at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Feb. 27, 2009. In the transcript of his speech, President Obama talked about his plan to withdraw all troops, but also that there would be a transferring of troops back into Afghanistan. His speech went into great detail about politics and economics of the war. The coverage of this speech in the New York Times and in the Wall Street Journal was a very short summary of the entire speech. The newspaper coverage highlighted the important parts about the plan and even repeated the total number of soldier and the total estimated cost of the war, but didn’t go into nearly as much detail. When the articles quoted the president, they chose quotes that were short and to the point, and they paraphrased everything else.

February 22, 2009

Analysis Entry on Stop and Follows

The Star Tribune reported two men were found guilty in a mortgage fraud. The first story’s lead was:
Two metro-area men have been found guilty of racketeering and multiple counts of theft in Hennepin County District Court for their role in one of the state's largest mortgage fraud cases, worth approximately $100 million.
In this story the main news is the crime and the lead here is meant to explain it. In the second story the lead was very different, it read:
In a hearing marked by delays and discord, a Chaska man who was president of a home-building company received a seven-year prison sentence Friday for his part in a mortgage fraud scheme in the southwestern suburbs.
This news was all about the sentence, because the crime had already been introduced. The lead this time was about the sentence, the man sentenced, and the hearing. The first story tells all about the crime, and the conviction of the men who committed it. The second story is all about the hearing and the court proceedings. The interesting twist is that the first story is about two men who committed this great mortgage fraud, but the second story really emphasizes that a Chaska man committed a crime. There are no retorts to any competing news sources in either story.

February 15, 2009

Analysis of Structures

In the Star Tribune's report on the Pakistani Kidnappers, the reporter uses quick and efficient writing. The lead includes the most important elements of the story; the who, the when, and the where. The next sentence summarizes the how. And lastly the reporter gives more detail about the who. this is effective in getting out the most important information first so the reader knows what he/she is about to read about. The summaries are short but full enough to let the reader know the story fast without giving too much unimportant detail. There is really no order in which this story could be told more effectively, aside from adding more detail about the victim at the end of the story.

February 8, 2009

Attribution

The Star Tribune reported on the ice break off the shore of Lake Erie that trapped more than 100 men and left one man dead. This story attributed 19 facts to various human and recorded sources, some direct quotes and some paraphrased. The reporter used a lot of different sources with credible positions, or witnesses of the account, all of them were named along with their title or position in the article. The reporter used quotes from fisherman at the scene, the Coast Guard spokesman, the County Sheriff, the County Sheriff's office records, a National Weather Service meteorologist, an Oak Harbor resident, and the Ohio Division of Wildlife spokesman. Some sources were quoted in the beginning of the article and again later on using only their last name, which made it a little confusing because you had to look back in the article to see exactly who the person was and what authority they had.

February 1, 2009

Leads: Analysis Entry

The three men who gunned down Jeffery Lamont Logan during a botched robbery in St. Paul early Saturday could have just asked for the money.
This lead in the Star Tribune takes a different sort of approach than simply stating the facts. While it does include some important facts about the story, it also leads the reader into the rest of the story by leaving an unanswered question. ‘Why could the robbers have just asked for the money?’ the reader wants to know, and so they read on. Other important elements in this lead are the incident, the victims full name, the location, the time of the incident, and the number of suspects. The victim is the only detailed information in this lead, as they report his full name. The time, location, suspects, and event are all very general leaving the reader hungry for more information.