A story by NBC news took a variation of the "martini glass" approach to structure. The story covers Iranians' angry responses to their government shutting down Google Mail, and details both sides of the argument over Internet use in the country.
The story is summarized in the beginning, explaining that the Iranian government attempted to ban Google Mail, and many Iranians were frustrated, including members of the parliament. It then tells how, in response, the government is proposing a state-run alternative Internet service for Iran.
This story then goes on the explain the conflict in more depth. It gives details Iran's changing population, noting that it now has 32 million regular Internet users. It then contrasts this change in a section explaining religious authorities' condemnation of the World Wide Web. It ends after defining the "electric curtain" that President Obama says Iran is upholding by banning websites.
The story has a structure similar to a "martini glass" in that it offers the hard news format at the beginning, gives some background detail in the middle, and has a clear conclusion. It is unusual because its middle section is not a chronological story like most stories with this structure. Instead, it uses that segment to explain both sides of the argument and give background information on Iran's changing culture. Because this story lacks a chronological story, this format is effective and allows the reader to get the hard facts at the beginning, then optional background information that elaborates but is less crucial. While it could have been done as a simple hard news story focusing on Iranians' responses to the ban, it is more effective when it includes details on the changing role of the Internet as a whole.