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In an article in the Star Tribune the reporter, Steve Brandt used computer-assisted reported as he figured out the property tax increase that is being proposed the Minneapolis in 2011.

In the article, Brandt most likely had to know how to use a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel to do calculations of property taxes. He had to figure out the percentage of the proposed increase and the percentage of the market value of homes in the Minneapolis area. By using formulas in Excel, or any mathematical program, gave Brandt the ability to put new tax proposes in an understandable perspective.

Records from years past property taxes were mostly likely used in comparison to the new proposal, and analyze to understand how much more residents will have to pay if the proposal passes.

Diversity analysis

In the New York Times an article titled "Cindy McCain Calls for End of 'Don't Ask'" appeared Friday, which was about Arizona Senator John McCain's wife supporting the repeal of the military policy "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

I talked to an out lesbian through e-mail about what she thought of the piece and if she noticed any stereotyping within the reporting.

Lauren, a grad student at Ohio State who's last name I will not use, did not observe any stereotyping. The only thing she mentioned was how John McCain may be forced to take such an extreme stance on LGBT rights to gain political approval while his wife can publicly say she's against the military policy. This is all speculation, of course.

"It is refreshing to see individuals such as Cindy McCain speak out against unjust discrimmination and denounce her party's conventional view points because it shows that you can identify as a Republican and support equal treatment of minorities," Lauren said.

The article's main idea went beyond stereotyping Republican viewpoints and turned everybody in LGBT community into someone everyone should consider their equal.

"It is encouraging to think that this is only the beginning and that every day citizens are becoming more educated about LGBT issues," Lauren said.

Numbers analysis

In the Star Tribune story about a man falling to his death after fleeing police, numbers were used in a few different ways.

The numbers used did not have to be figured out mathematically, but the reporter used the numbers to give an address, indicate an interstate, show an age, and give a distance. The numbers were simplistic in terms of the Stylebook, for example when to spell out "street" when associated with an address.

The numbers are not overwhelming and are spaced out nicely throughout the story. Numbers were used at least six times in a very story article, so the timing and spacing made understanding the numbers easier.

The numbers did not have to be sourced because they were not figured out mathematically, but they were most likely fact checked to make sure it matched police reports about what time it happened and where.

Obituary Analysis

The New York Times reported that Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old who played Nala in Broadway's "The Lion King," died of leukemia Monday.

The obituary had a standard lead that worked very well. It included who she was, why she was notable and how she died. At the end of the lead it also stated her age.

Sources included were the hospital where she died, the production manager from "The Lion King" and the executive vice president of DKMS America, a bone marrow transplant center. All of the sources contributed to the story by giving little facts about her life, and what she had to go through during treatment.

An obituary is different from a resume because an obituary highlights the person's life, and discuses the person's death, while a resume lists the person's accomplishments.

DADT court filing analysis

A 48-page court filing was using to help write the article in the New York Times about why the military policy "don't ask, don't tell" is still in affect even after being ruled unconstitutional last month.

Clifford L. Stanley, the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, wrote the court filing explaining the government's decision.

The author of the article, Charlie Savage, used direct quotes from the document. He took words that best described why the policy is still in place. The reporter chose to summarize elaboration in the filing, while quoting Stanley directing when he described the state of the military and the aspect of time that will have to play into it.

Multimedia options analysis

In comparing the multimedia sections of the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune just from the initial pull-down list the Star Tribune seems to have more options to play with.

The Pioneer Press only has four options for multimedia and two of them are titled as "coming soon". They have photo galleries and video that visitors to the site can browse.

The Star Tribune on the other hand is more interactive with the community because they have the option for readers to post their own photos and video. They also have podcasts, news graphics that include charts and surveys, and slideshows.

The multimedia complements the news stories by showing videos of interviews featured in a story and photos to go along with it. Some stats that are used in stories are shown in the news graphics section and short writings accompany each video, photo, etc., describing what is going on in the piece.

Randy Moss spot follow analysis

The article in the Star Tribune changed since it was first published on Wednesday morning. The lead in the first version said that the Randy Moss will return to Minnesota, but the deal wasn't set in stone. In the updated version the lead had more details explaining how the Vikings acquired Moss from a third round draft pick.

In an even more updated version, the lead was a simple, "It's official."

The second story differs from the first because it gives more details about the trade, why it happened, and what is expected to happen because of trade.

The story started out will the possible deal, moved on to the what happened during deal making, then explained what happened after the trade was made.

Suicide structure analysis

In the LA Times the reporter summarized the important elements by explain what happened first, the suicide, then discussed how the debate around two people linked to his suicide will be handled, how they will be charged, and what New Jersey law states.

The summary is quick before going into what the two alleged students did right before the suicide.

The order of the article is very effective because it goes through what is happening now with figuring out how the students are being charged then relates it back to the actual incident.

There are probably a few different ways it could have been done, but the original serves its purpose. without knowing more about the suicide the article would make no sense, so the background information was necessary.

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