Analysis: Sourcing in story about Trayvon Martin

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It's clear that this story pitch (about people coming together in North Minneapolis to rally against gun violence) spurred from the controversy that's been in the news lately about a white Florida man shooting a young black boy, claiming it was self defense. Because it was a local newspaper, however, the story was about how the shooting could be used as a tool to speak against gun violence in Minneapolis.

It seems as if the writer tried to find as many sources as possible. Most of the sources in the story were useful and added to the story. Those sources included family members of shooting victims that made headlines locally in the past year. The amount of sources became overwhelming, however, toward the end of the story. The writer named many new sources, and then mentioned an earlier source in the last new paragraph. While it helped propel the story forward, the amount of names included made the article overwhelming to read and difficult to remember all of the names.

The only thing I would have done differently is to leave out a few sources to make the story less confusing. I would have focused on the sources who were friends and family of the victims, instead of vice presidents of organizations and foundations. I also would have used Trayvon's name in the story, instead of referring to him as a young black teen who was shot by a white Florida man. At this point, the story has been reported so many times that anyone paying attention to the news would know the name Trayvon Martin.

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