February 2010 Archives

Analysis: Multimedia options

I looked at the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press's websites. I found that the Star Tribune offered a lot more multimedia options than the Pioneer Press did. The Tribune has videos, slideshows, audio, podcasts, photo galleries, users' photos and videos, and news graphic. The only multimedia that the Pioneer Press offers is videos and photo galleries. They do have a podcast feature that is coming soon. I think that the mulitmedia options help complement the news stories because they offer the reader a way to be more engaged with the story. Reading a story is ok, but when you can listen to it or watch a video or see photos relating to the story, it increases the effectiveness,enjoyableness, and understanding of the story. When looking at the multimedia options, I didn't see a lot of actual writing involved. All the writing was very short (1 or 2 sentences) and to the point. It gave the necessary information about what were were viewing and that's about all. There were links available to read more about related news.

Pittsburgh Man Dies After 911 Ignores Calls

PITTSBURGH-- A fifty-year-old man died in his home after multiple calls to 911 went unanswered, officials said.
According to Yahoo News, Curtis Mitchell, 50, called 911 on Feb. 6 requesting an ambulance for severe abdominal pain. Thirty hours and 10 calls later, no one came and Mitchell died.
The calls were made during a snowstorm and the reason given as to why the paramedics never came was because they could not get through the snow, reports CBS News.
Pittsburgh officials said they are conducting an investigation as to why the paramedics didn't respond and how they can change the emergency services system, reports Yahoo News.

Teen Girl Dies After Being Shot

A 17-year-old girl died after being shot Friday night in Minneapolis, police said.
According to the Pioneer Press, the girl was shot in the neck around 11:45 p.m. Friday night. She was at a house party in North Minneapolis near 35th Avenue North and Humboldt Avenue North, police said.
The Star Tribune reports that the girl died early on Saturday at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
According to the Pioneer Press, KSTP-TV reported that during a memorial for the victim on Saturday afternoon, gun shots broke out yet again. No one was hurt.
The police do not have any suspects and are investigating the murder, reports the Star Tribune.

Motel Standoff Ends in Arrest

A Minneapolis man was arrested after a standoff with police at a Roseville motel early Saturday morning, police said.
According to the Pioneer Press, Ramero Cordell Smith, 23, was taken into custody by police after they were called to the Super 8 Motel located on Prior Ave. to help bond agents arrest him for outstanding warrants, police said.
Ramero barricaded himself in his second-story motel room around 2 a.m. Saturday morning and threatened to shoot police if they tried to arrest him, police said, as reports the Star Tribune.
According to the Pioneer Press, the standoff lasted four hours and ended when Ramero fled the room after police used chemical weapons to lure him out.

Teacher Shot and Killed By Stalker

TACOMA, Wash.-- A special-education teacher died after being shot outside of the school where she worked on Friday morning, police said.
According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Jennifer Paulson, 30, was shot three times in the parking lot of Birney Elementary by a man who had been stalking her, police said.
The suspect, Jed R. Waits, 30, fled the scene after the shooting and died after a police shootout approximately 10 miles away from the school, police said, as reported by Yahoo News.
According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Waits was arrested last Friday for violating a restraining order that Paulson had obtained in September 2009 against him. He was released on Monday when he posted bail, police said.

Massive Earthquake Rocks Chile and Kills Hundreds

Several hundred people died on Saturday in Chile due to one of the biggest earthquakes on recorded history, officials said.
According to the Pioneer Press, at least 214 people died in the earthquake but the number is expected to rise, officials said.
Authorities said the earthquake had an 8.8 magnitude and affected 1.5 million Chileans, reports the .
The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, has a declared the county a "state of catastrophe" but has not asked for help from any other countries so far, reports the Pioneer Press.
After the initial earthquake, at least 90 aftershocks with magnitudes of 5 above continued to shake the nation, official said, reports the Star Tribune.

Analysis: Follow Story on Mall Stabbings

After reading the first story and then the follow story in the Pioneer Press about the stabbings that happened at the Rosedale Center, I noticed quite a few differences. The first story which was written late Saturday night (the night of the incident) was very short and very vague. The first story's lead was very short and general and it only gave the when, where and what. The follow up's lead was longer and gave more details then the first lead. In my opinion, the first lead was ok because it gave the facts but it seemed really boring compared to the second story's lead. The main news is summarized by giving the who, what, where, and when in both stories. The first story just gave the simple, basic facts but the second story was a lot more in depth. Also, since the follow up story was written the day after the incident, there was conflicting information with the first story. It seemed like the first story was written very quickly and without any investigation. The follow up differed from the first story because it had sources, quotes, and more information as to why the fight started. The second story was a response to a competing story with the Star Tribune. I think that it shaped the follow by making the Press want to be the paper that has more information, sources, and details.

Three Teens Die After Being Hit by Train

MELBOURNE, Fla.-- Three teenage girls were killed on Saturday after they were hit by a train while crossing a bridge, police said.
A fourth teen boy, who was with the girls, made it off the bridge in time, police said, reports the Star Tribune.
The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. on the Crane Creek Bridge. The police are not sure why the teens were on the bridge in the first place, according to WFTV News.
The teens were on the middle of the bridge when the train hit them. Witnesses said that they yelled to the teens to jump off into the water but only the boy got away, according to the Star Tribune.
Police are investigating the accident and the names of the victims have not been released, reports WFTV News.

Mall Closed After Multiple Stabbing Incident

Two people were stabbed at the Rosedale Center in Roseville on Saturday night, forcing the mall to be closed early, police said.
On Saturday evening, around 8 p.m., the Roseville Police Department responded to a report of a large fight that broke out near the Herberger's store, reports the Star Tribune.
When they arrived at the scene, police found both a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man who were stabbed during the fight, according to the Pioneer Press.
The 16-year-old boy was stabbed in his back and the 18-year-old man was cut multiple times on his face. Both victims were brought to the hospital where they are listed in critical and stable conditions, police said, reports the Star Tribune.
Police arrested a 17-year-old male suspect later Saturday evening, according to the Star Tribune.

Baby Dies From Dog Bite

A newborn baby from Independence died on Thursday after he was bit by the family dog, police said.
The baby boy, Robert D. Hocker, was only 11 days old and died from head injuries, said the Hennepin County medical examiner's office, reports the Pioneer Press.
According to Kare11 News, the dog bit the baby while he was sitting in his car seat in the family's home, police said.
Paramedics went to the home on the 3000 block of Lake Haughey Road early Thursday afternoon and found the child not breathing, police said, reports the Pioneer Press.
Kare11 News reports that the paramedics could not revive the baby and that the death will be investigated, police said.
According to the Pioneer Press, the police did not know the fate of the dog.

Belgian Deadly Train Crash

A collision of two commuter trains in Belgian killed at least 18 people on Monday, railway officials said.
One of the trains ran a red light and then crashed into the other train at the Halle station, officials say, reports BBC News.
According to the Star Tribune, officials are investigating if the collision was a result of the icy weather or due to human error.
Between the two trains, officials estimate there to have been 250 to 300 passengers, reports BBC News.
The Star Tribune reports besides the 18 dead, at least 80 people were seriously hurt in the crash. The death toll has not yet been confirmed, officials say.

Possible Search of Mississippi River to Find Missing Student

LA CROSSE, Wis.-- After finding footprints on the ice of the Mississippi River, police are deciding whether they will search the river for a missing student as of Monday morning.
According to the Star Tribune, Craig J. Meyers, 21, a student at Western Technical College, went missing on Sunday morning around 2 a.m. after he spent Saturday night drinking at a wedding reception and two local bars, police said.
Meyers was dropped off on the 700 block of Market Street by his cousin around 2 a.m., police said, as reports the Pioneer Press.
La Crosse Police Capt. Rob Abraham said that the river might not be searched because the conditions are dangerous, reports the Star Tribune.

Analysis: Progression of Information in House Fire Story

In the Star Tribune's story about the house fire that killed four children, I thought that the author did a good job with the information progression. The author used the inverted pyramid to order the information. He started with the most important facts first and then gradually included more "filler" information later on. Simply put, had the story needed to be shorten for whatever reason, the first six paragraphs of the story were sufficient in telling what happened. I think that the choice to use the inverted pyramid was the best choice for this story because the reader was able to get all the information right away. I guess he could have used a chronological order to organize the information but I don't think that it would have been as effective because we would have to wait to hear the outcome.

Michigan Fire Kills Four Children

FLINT, Mich.-- A fire that started in an apartment building late Saturday night killed four children.
According to the Star Tribune, the fire started after the babysitter fell asleep while cooking.
Neighbors saw smoke coming from the apartment and tried to wake the occupants, reports the Flint Journal.
Only the babysitter, a 28-year-old man, survived the fire by climbing out of a window, according to the Star Tribune.
Firefighters unsuccessfully attempted to save one of the children by getting her to jump out of a second-story window. The children were all under the age of five, reports the Star Tribune.

Mayor of St. Paul Takes Family to the Hospital

The Mayor of St. Paul drove a sick infant to the hospital on Friday night.
Mayor Chris Coleman was on his way to a meeting when he was stopped by two parents whose infant was having a seizure, reports the Star Tribune.
According to the

Son Kills Father After Heated Argument

An 18-year-old man was arrested on Saturday after he shot his father to death.
The shooting happened at the victim's home on Saturday afternoon in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul, reports the Star Tribune.
The police said that the son shot his father during an argument that they were having outside of their home, according to the Pioneer Press.
The police were called to scene and found the 45-year-old father shot several times, reports the Star Tribune.
The man was taken to Regions Hospital in downtown St. Paul where he died shortly after arrival, according to the Pioneer Press.

A Bombing in India Kills Eight

A terrorist bomb exploded on Saturday and killed eight people in an Indian bakery.
The bomb went off Saturday evening at the German Bakery which is located in Pume, India, reports the Star Tribune.
According to Yahoo News, the explosion also injured 42 people.
As the Star Tribune reports, the bomb is the first terrorist act in India since the 2008 attack in Mumbai which killed 173 people.
The bomb was suspected to be hidden in an unopened package that was left at the bakery, reports Yahoo News.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-- A professor who opened fire on her colleagues on Friday is no stranger to violence.
According to the Star Tribune, Amy Bishop had shot and killed her brother at their home in Massachusetts back in 1986.
The death of her brother was determined an accident at the time, reports the Pioneer Press.
No charges were filed against Bishop in the 1986 shooting but the case may be reviewed by authorities due to the recent shooting and deaths of three of Bishop's colleagues at the University of Alabama, reports the Star Tribune.
According to the Pioneer Press, Bishop went to a faculty meeting and starting shooting her colleagues because she was angry that she got denied tenure.
As the Star Tribune reports, the university was unaware of Bishop's past shooting incident.

Shark Attack Victim

In the shark attack story on the Yahoo News site, there were a total of three sources used. The sources that were named were George Burgess, a shark attack expert, Daniel Lund, a lifeguard, and Dr. Linda O'Neil, who is an associate medical examiner in Martin County. The sources were people and were scattered throughout the story. The reporter used attribution in a couple of different ways. He used some direct quotes from the attack expert and the medical examiner. He also paraphrased what the experts and the lifeguard said. At the end of the article, he did use some information from records but the records were told to him by the attack expert. I thought that the reporter did a nice job of attributed the information to the sources and I liked that everything was not clumped together in one spot.

Man Dies in Florida After Shark Attack

A man died on Wednesday after he was brutally attacked by a shark in Stuart, Florida.
Stephen Schafer, 38, was surrounded by three sharks when a lifeguard rescued him from the water, reports the Associated Press.
Once he was pulled out of the water, Schafer was taken to the hospital where he died from massive blood loss shortly after arrival, according to Yahoo News.
Martin County associate medical examiner, Dr. Linda O'Neil, said it is unknown what kind of shark bit Schafer but he was bitten in both his thigh and his buttocks, according to the Associated Press.
Yahoo News reports that this is the first time in five years that someone has died from a shark attack.

Man Charged After Burning Girlfriend With Iron

A St. Paul man was charged on Tuesday after he burned his girlfriend on the stomach with an iron.
The incident happened after the victim, who is described as a "vulnerable adult," ironed her boyfriend's clothes the wrong way, reports the Pioneer Press.
According to the Star Tribune, Jullius Antwon Coleman, 33, was charged with one count of criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult, two counts of second-degree assault, one count of third-degree assault in Ramsey County District Court. Not only did the man burn his girlfriend but he also kept her locked up in their house for six months and only allowed her to talk to his three-year-old niece, reports the Pioneer Press.
The Star Tribune reports that the woman was "given" to Coleman from her ex-boyfriend after the two men met in prison.

Search For Missing Snowmobiler Suspended

The search for a snowmobiler who went missing on Friday night was temporally suspended as of Sunday afternoon.
According to KSTP News, the St. Croix Sheriff's Office was called early Friday evening after someone heard a scream and a snowmobile's engine die on the St. Croix River. The Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, airboats and dive teams were all sent to search for the missing man.
According to the Star Tribune, the man's snowmobile and helmet were found late on Saturday night.
The authorities have stopped the search for now due to bad weather conditions, reports KSTP News.

Young Boy Found Dead in Five Star Hotel

The body of an eight-year-old boy was found on Friday at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City.
According to the New York City Police Department, the child's mother implied that she first killed the boy and then tried to take her own life, reports Yahoo News.
As reported by MSNBC News, police found both prescription pills and a suicide note at the crime scene.
Family of the victim had called the police earlier on Friday to report that they thought the child was in danger, reports Yahoo News.
The mother was taken to the hospital and was considered to be in stable condition, according to MSNBC News.

Activist and Whaler Ship Crash

For the second time this year, a collision between anti-whaling activist and a Japanese whaler ship happened on Saturday afternoon.
According to Yahoo News, the crash, which happened close to Antarctica, did not cause any injuries except to the two ships involved.
The collision was a result of the activist ship, the Bob Barker, blocking the Japanese whaling ship, reports the Syndey Morning Herald.
As reported by Yahoo News, both ships blame each other for the crash. An official ruling of who caused the crash has not been determined yet.
According to the activist group founder, Captain Paul Watson, "the Japanese are violating Australian laws on whaling and nothing is being done to stop them," reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

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