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Obituary Analysis

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In a New York Times obituary of Dr. John F. Burke, the author starts with a nontraditional lead. Rather than follow standard format, the author chooses to focus on the notable achievement of Dr. Burke. He then follows the non traditional lead with a traditional paragraph explaining the cause of death with an attribution and the rest of the obituary follows the traditional format.
The lead works in this case because it is emotionally compelling. By describing the number of lives that Dr. Burke impacted with his invention it makes the reader interested in the impact of this man's life right away.
The obituary differs from a resume because it allows for a more detailed view of the person's life in a few key areas. A resume tends to give a very disconnected overview of accomplishments without giving a reader a glimpse into the life and character of the subject.
This obituary uses sources that include the subjects wife, his colleague, and quotes from the subject.

Multimedia Analysis

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I decided to take a look at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal when comparing the use of multimedia options in journalism. What I found was that the two outlets were very similar in their multimedia usage.
The two mainly use video and photo-slideshows. Both outlets use slideshows. The Times more often uses slideshows to stand on their own and be feature pieces related to travel and other frivolous activity. The Journal uses slideshows more in to accompany articles that could require some visual stimulation, such as reviews of products and cultural events.
Both organizations tend to be very traditional and use multimedia sparingly when presenting hard news. They more often present softer news with less serious writing along with the video and slideshow stories.The writing tends to be more anecdotal and is less focused on traditional conveyance of fact or inverted pyramid style.


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In analyzing structure I looked an an article from the Associated Press.
This article presents a basic inverted pyramid structure. The journalist starts by stating the basic important information in the lead and following paragraph. each following paragraph adds an additional piece of information that provides the reader with more information.
The reporter does an interesting job of setting the scene involving the intense conflict in the area that goes along with the recent establishment of the national council. The reporter could have done things differently by making the story more linear and not juxtaposing the two lines of information into one inverted pyramid. However, this version works well.


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When looking at attribution I referenced an article from Reuters.
In this article, attribution is mainly focused on the words of Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, the American hikers who were recently released from their imprisonment in Iran. In the 2nd paragraph, the author introduces information about the length of imprisonment and the amount posted for bail and does so without giving an attribution.
Most of the attributed material is quoted from the hikers, while the other supplied information is not attributed. This leads me to wonder where the information was gathered from. The flow of the story is generally easy to follow in regard to the attribution because the quotes are done in larger blocks. The supplemental information is used to change from one speaker to the next.


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In this article from The New York Times, the lead is used as a way to set the stage prior to the occurrence of the newsworthy events.
This lead gives the reader a brief biography of Kweku Adoboli. It supplies information about his educational background and the job he has acquired since his graduation. What the lead fails to do is supply any of the new information or tell the reader why this is important.
The authors are using this type of lead to lull the reader into making assumptions about the subject of the article. They give a positive description of Adoboli before going on to describe the charges he is facing along with the severe repercussions of his alleged actions.
The authors are almost relying on the headline to give the reader a hint toward the outcome of the story.

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