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Attribution analysis

A story about charges filed in the death of a four-year-old boy in the Star Tribune uses the following sources:
Police Lt. Amelia Huffman
An unnamed witness
The suspect, Tony Reed
The boy's paternal grandmother, Charmon Brown
A neighbor, Rehalle Barksdale
The suspect's uncle, Kenneth Poole

All but one of seven sources are named.The sources are clustered throughout the story. Since the police did not provide very much data the reporter relied on her own contacts to build the story. The information is mostly from people. The story focuses on the impact this event has on the family and the community. The reporter attributes using "he said" and effectively sets up attribution so the reader knows who is speaking. The method is effective.