Analysis: Cultural Reporting

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The New York Times published a story Saturday about the effects that Hurricane Sandy had on Haitian farmers.
The story is mainly about damages and losses inflicted upon the already struggling Haitians who live in rural areas and work with agriculture.
The common perception of Haiti right now is that of an impoverished nation. This news story does little to break that stereotype, although in reality most Haitians really are still struggling from natural disasters past, in addition to Sandy.
This story does not delve much deeper in to the culture other than the challenges farmers in Haiti face.
This may be because it is only a two-page story, but it only portrays Haitians who have lost a lot and now rely on prayer for help. This does not go much farther than how most Americans already view Haitians.
For example, one man interviewed for the story is a farmer with a family of eight to feed. Tragically, most of his crops were wiped out in the storm.
"At night I pray to God and ask what can I do?" is the only quote in the story from this man, who most likely had a lot more insight in to the situation.
For sources, the reporter had interviewed several farmers and people who were hit hard by the storm in rural Haiti. Four are quoted in the story, and the stories of several more specific people are referenced.
There are also a number of official sources used, such as two United Nations workers and the Prime Minister of Haiti. A report by the international aid organization Oxfam is also referenced.

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