February 2010 Archives

Analysis: News Organization's Multimedia Options

The two news organization's multimedia options I am comparing are the New York Times and the Star Tribune.
The New York Times offers multiple multimedia options such as videos, slideshows, audio podcasts and photographs. The Star Tribune offers mostly video, but also had slideshows, photographs, podcasts, audio and an option for "your video" and "your photos."
The video for the Star Tribune does not have an article that accompanies the video, but there is writing throughout the video and interviews. The New York Times videos are much more professional looking and detailed, they have some sort of production value and are mostly human interest pieces.
There is more writing in the multimedia pieces that are slideshows, not video. They will include a couple sentences describing the picture and telling the story along with the photograph. The NY Times usually includes a link to related article as well.
The Star Tribune has slideshows with audio instead of having a couple of sentences about the picture. I don't believe this works as well as the NY Times set up.
Overall, the multimedia options for the Star Tribune and New York Times have mostly human interest pieces instead of hard hitting news.

Analysis: News Organization's Multimedia Options

The two news organization's multimedia options I am comparing are the New York Times and the Star Tribune.
The New York Times offers multiple multimedia options such as videos, slideshows, audio podcasts and photographs. The Star Tribune offers mostly video, but also had slideshows, photographs, podcasts, audio and an option for "your video" and "your photos."
The video for the Star Tribune does not have an article that accompanies the video, but there is writing throughout the video and interviews. The New York Times videos are much more professional looking and detailed, they have some sort of production value and are mostly human interest pieces.
There is more writing in the multimedia pieces that are slideshows, not video. They will include a couple sentences describing the picture and telling the story along with the photograph. The NY Times usually includes a link to related article as well.
The Star Tribune has slideshows with audio instead of having a couple of sentences about the picture. I don't believe this works as well as the NY Times set up.
Overall, the multimedia options for the Star Tribune and New York Times have mostly human interest pieces instead of hard hitting news.

Son of Marie Osmond, dead

Entertainer, Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, died in an apparent suicide on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Police responded to a report of a suicide reported the Los Angeles Times, at the 900 block of Flower St. around 10 p.m. on Friday near the fashion institute Blosil attended.
Blosil reportedly left a note and referred to his life long battle with depression WCCO reported.
Details about the case still remain unclear as the Los Angeles coroner's office investigate the tragedy, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Michael was one of Osmond's five adopted children, WCCO reported.

Two teenagers shot on Metro Transit bus

Two teenagers were shot late Saturday on a Metro Transit bus after around six shots were fired.
The shooting was around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday on Route 22 at the intersection of Humboldt Ave. and 53rd St. reported KSTP.
The two teenagers were taken to North Memorial Hospital, reported WCCO, where they are in serious, but non-life threatening condition.
The transit police does not believe this was a random act of violence, KSTP reported, but are working to solve the case quickly.

Students outraged after noose was hung in campus library

A Univeristy of California-San Diego student admitted to hanging a noose Thursday at a library on campus.
The noose was found hanging at the Geisel Library around 10 p.m. on Thursday, NBC reported. The student connected to the crime was in custody on Friday.
Hanging a noose with intent to terrorize is a crime, reported CNN.
Students held protests on Friday after the discovery reported NBC and listened to the stories of students who have been hurt by recent racially-charged events.
The noose incident occurred two weeks after an off campus party mocked Black History Month CNN reported.
The student has been suspended, but it is unknown for how long CNN reported.

Death toll in Chile passing 700; looting concerns

The death toll in Chile has reached 708 people from Saturday's 8.8 magnitude earthquake as President Michelle Bachelet calls in the army to help with looting.
The president has referred to the earthquake as an "unthinkable disaster," reported CNN, and is willing to accept help from international aid.
The death toll continues to rise as there is a growing amount of people missing reported the Star Tribune.
The main aid needed in Chile is implementing field hospitals, building of temporary bridges, water purification plants, damage assessment experts and extra workers to relieve those who have been working non-stop reported the Star Tribune.
The tsunami warnings have stopped as there is no threat anymore reported CNN.

17-year-old shot and killed in Minneapolis

A 17-year-old girl died Saturday in Minneapolis after being shot in the neck the night before, resulting in city's 10th homicide this year.
Minneapolis police officers found her on the sidewalk near 35th and Humboldt Avenues N., reported the Star Tribune. She was taken to North Memorial Medical Center where she died.
The police have not released the victim's identity reported the Pioneer Press.
The victim was near a party when she was found, the Star Tribune reported, and there were about 60 people in the streets when the police arrived.
Sgt. William Palmer, spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department, does not believe the girl was the intended target, the Pioneer Press reported.
The police have not yet released information concerning the suspect, reported the Pioneer Press.

Two men charged in connection with Texas church fires

Two men were arrested and charged Sunday is connection with a string of churches set fire in east Texas.
The two men identified as Jason Robert Bourque, 19, and Daniel George McAllister, 21, were arrested for the fire on February 8 at Dover Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, CNN reported.
The men have both been charged with a count of arson of a church, a first degree felony with a sentence of up to 99 years in prison.They are being held on a $10 million bond, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The arsons may be reponsible for nine other church fires, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The motive is still unclear, as all the churches varied in denomination, size and race of their members, the Wall Stree Journal reported.

Many killed after flashflood in Portugal

A flashflood on the island of Madeira in Portugal killed 42 and injured 120 people and rescue workers continue to search for more victims.
Heavy rains flooded the capital city of Funchal, as did stones and mud, the BBC reported.
There is an unknown amount of people still missing as rescue workers continue to search. The international airport has been made into a makeshift morgue, reported the Star Tribune, and those looking for their loved ones have been directed there.
The damage of the southern part of Madeira consists of blocked roads, phone lines are down, and no water or electricity for some, the BBC reported.

Rosedale Center was closed on Saturday after a brawl between several dozen teenagers lead to two wounded teens.
A 16-year-old boy is in critical conditions after sustaining stab wounds on his back, reported the Pioneer Press. An 18-year-old man sustained severe lacerations to the face after the brawl erupted around 8 p.m.
A 17-year-old St. Paul boy was arrested and taken to Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center, the Star Tribune reported, where he has been charged with two counts of 2nd- degree assault.
The Roseville police ordered shoppers to leave Rosedale Center after hearing of the outbreak which occurred outside the entrance of the upper-level Herberger's department store, the Star Tribune reported.
It is still unknown if the suspect knew the victims or if he had any motive, reported the Pioneer Press.

La Crosse student missing, police searching

A 21-year-old La Crosse student went missing last Sunday and police are discussing searching the Mississippi River for him after a pair of footprints was found on the ice.
Western Technical College student, Craig J Meyers, was last seen Sunday around 2 a.m. after he attended at wedding reception, the Star Tribune reported.
A set of footprints was found from the Marriott Courtyard to the Riverside Center Buildings to the river police Capt. Rob Abraham said.
The police are still discussing searching the Mississippi River because it is dangerous, Capt. Abraham said.
The La Crosse Tribune reported that this is the eighth drunken college-age man who has drowned from 1997-2006.

Newborn baby killed after dog attack

An 11-day-old baby was killed Thursday in Independence after the family dog bit him.
The 71-pound Siberian husky jumped onto the bed where the baby was sitting in a car seat and bit his head, reported the Star Tribune.
According to a Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Robert Hocker "died of head injuries suffered in [a] canine attack," reported the Star Tribune.
Responders worked for 40 minutes to revive the boy, reported KSTP, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not breathing when they arrived.
The dog has been taken to the Wright County Humane Society, the Star Tribune reported, where it will be tested for rabies. It is likely that after 10 days, the dog will be killed.

Analysis: Information in a new story

In this story about a son killing his father over a domestic dispute, there is a lot of information that needs to be included and sorted through.
The reporter started in the lead describing what happened, that a son killed his father after a domestic dispute. Then, the reporter goes on to discuss more of the details about where the father was shot and the dispute.
The order of the story starts with the lead summing up the story. Then the son and the order of the actual incident. The reporter doesn't mention the man's death again until later in the story.
I believe it is effective because every aspect of the story is covered. The order of this story was in this particular order because it had all of the importand details at the beginning of the story.
One thing I think could have been done differently is that the reporter mentions that the man died at Regions hospital, much later in the story then I thought would be logical.

Bombing in Indian city kills at least eight

A blast at a small bakery frequented by tourists in Pune, India on Saturday killed at least eight and injured 32.
The explosion at the German Bakery happened around 7:30 p.m. reported the Star Tribune.
This is the first attack since 2008 in Mumbai, that allegedly targeted foreigners.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/02/14/india.explosion/index.html reported that there was an unidentified bag at the bakery which was packed with explosives.
India is blaming Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, reported CNN, a group the United States regards as a terrorist organization.


St. Paul man fatally shot; son arrested

A St. Paul man was fatally shot after a family dispute, leading to his 18-year-old son's arrest.
The man was identified as 45-year-old, Anthony T. Gaither by St. Paul Police according to the Star Tribune.
His son, identified as Aramis Diamante Sanitino Gaither, was arrested in connection with his death, according to police.
Neighbors did report they heard an argument followed by several gunshots reported the Pioneer Press.
Investigators have not yet figured out the cause of the dispute or motive, reported the Pioneer Press.

A Baraboo man charged with repeatedly shocking a male dance instuctor claiming the instructor was "a sinner" who "defiles married women" on Friday, reported the Star Tribune.
59-year-old Kevin K. Johnson, brought the stun gun and sledgehammer to the victim's house after calling to arrange a dance lesson last Friday reported the Pioneer Press.
Johnson told a detective, reported the Star Tribune, that his church does not condone touching while dancing and he was going to scare the instructor and tell him to leave women alone.
According to the Pioneer Press, Johnson was charged with two felonies, posession of an electric weapon and carrying a concealed weapon, and two misdemeanors, criminal trespassing and battery.
Court Commissioner Todd Meurer decided to keep Johnson in jail another day because the complaint presents "a bizarre set of facts" that questions his competency, reported the Pioneer Press.

Denny Hecker indicted on fraud and money laundering charges

Former car dealership owner, Denny Hecker, and former employee, Steven Lynch were indicted Wednesday for seven counts of fraud.
Hecker and Lynch were charged with "orchestrating a scheme to defraud financial lenders and others out of millions of dollars," reported the Pioneer Press.
The seven-count indictment charged both men with on count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, five counts of wire fraud, and one count of money laundering, reported the Star Tribune.
Hecker filed for bankruptsy back in June, reported the Star Tribune, claiming $767 million in debt.
He owned 26 car dealer ships plus a large auto fleet and rental companies, reported the Star Tribune.

Michael Jackson's doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter

Michael Jackson's personal physician was charged Monday with involuntary manslaughter regarding the pop icon's death last summer.
Dr. Conrad Murray pleaded not guilty to the charge, reported the Star Tribune, and was released on $75,000 bail.
The charge of involuntary manslaughter, reported CNN, means Murray acted "without due caution and circumspection," and if convicted he could spend a maximum amount of four years in prison.
Murray was convicted of giving Jackson a fatal dose of an anesthetic to help him sleep reported the Star Tribune. Jackson died last summer on June 25.
A preliminary hearing will be set on April 5, reported the Star Tribune, and that hearing will be a "virtual minitrial," where the evidence will be reviewed.

In the story about the power plant explosion in Middletown, Conneticut there seemed to be a source for each paragraph besides the lead.
There are sources from public figures like the mayor and public safety workers like the deputy fire marshal.
Also the family of those who were killed and injured are interviewed as well as those who felt the explosion.
The attributions are fairly even throughout the story. Usually one per paragraph, though some do not have any source.
The reporters set up the attribution usually at the beginning of the story, letting the reader know right away who is responsible for that information. Its straight forward for the reader, so it is not confusing.
I found the attribution to be done very well in this particular story. There was an array of different sources that contributed to a well rounded story.

Saints beat Colts for Super Bowl win

New Orleans Saints won their first Super Bowl, beating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 on Sunday.
Drew Brees, the Saints quarterback, tied the Super Bowl record with 32 completions reported the Star Tribune. He was also named the Super Bowl MVP.
The Saints came back from 10-0 in the beginning of the game reported the Associated Press.
Saint's player Tracy Porter intercepted a pass from Colt's quarterback, Peyton Manning, for a 74-yard touchdown with only 3:12 left on the clock reported the Star Tribune.

Police investigating death of Minneapolis man

A Minneapolis man was found dead in the snow Thursday outside his home and authorities are calling his death a homicide.
Authorities identified the 45-year-old man as Michael Moulion Fonta. He was found dead behind his apartment building, reported the Pioneer Press, at 330 8th St. SE in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood in Minneapolis.
Hennepin County medical examiner's office said his cause of death was "complex homicidal violence" reported the Star Tribune.
Fonta has a record of criminal history for minor crimes reported the Star Tribune. Minneapolis police, reported the Pioneer Press, are continuing investigating the homicide.

Search for missing snowmobiler halted

The search for the missing snowmobiler in the St. Croix river has been postponed Sunday because of weather conditions.
The missing snowmobiler has been identified as Timothy Michael Pease of Lake St. Croix Beach reported the Pioneer Press. He has been missing since Friday night.
Authorities confirmed that the snowmobile has been spotted in the river reported the Star Tribune, but has not seen the driver.
Water Recovery Team searched Friday night after a 911 call reporting scream for help reported the Pioneer Press. They continued searching until 3 a.m. Saturday morning and resumed at noon.
Washington County Sheriff's Office cited "environmental conditions" reported the Star Tribune, as the reason for the delay on Sunday.

U.S. Baptist missionaries remain in custody

The 10 U.S. Baptist missionaries accused of illegally taking 33 children out of Haiti after the devastating earthquake remain in custody.
The missionaries were charged with kidnapping and returned to jail after the hearing Thursday reported the Star Tribune. More hearings are scheduled for next week.
The members were caught while attempting to take the children over the Dominican Republic border reported CNN, after they were unable to present proper documentation.
They have been in jail in Port-au-Prince with a sufficient amount of water and food reported CNN.
The Haitian government has accused the missionaries of kidnapping the children, but are still investigating the incident before releasing the children to their families reported CNN.

U.S. Baptist missionaries remain in custody

The 10 U.S. Baptist missionaries accused of illegally taking 33 children out of Haiti after the devastating earthquake remain in custody.
The missionaries were charged with kidnapping and returned to jail after the hearing Thursday reported the Star Tribune. More hearings are scheduled for next week.
The members were caught while attempting to take the children over the Dominican Republic border reported CNN, after they were unable to present proper documentation.
They have been in jail in Port-au-Prince with a sufficient amount of water and food reported CNN.
The Haitian government has accused the missionaries of kidnapping the children, but are still investigating the incident before releasing the children to their families reported CNN.

Two dead and many injured in Connecticut power plant explosion

At least two dead and an unknown number of people injured Sunday in a power plant expolsion in Middletown, Connecticut.
Middletown deputy fire marsal, Al Santostefano, reported the explosion happened at 11:17 a.m. at Kleen Energy Power Plant according to the Star Tribune.
Police Sgt. Chuck Jacobucci confirmed two are dead, but expects the number to rise as they continue searcing for people reported CNN.
More than 100 emergency units including police, emergency and fire responded to the scene reported CNN.
The explosion, reported the Star Tribune, shook houses 10 miles away from Middletown.

Two dead and many injured in Connecticut power plant explosion

At least two dead and an unknown number of people injured Sunday in a power plant expolsion in Middletown, Connecticut.
Middletown deputy fire marsal, Al Santostefano, reported the explosion happened at 11:17 a.m. at Kleen Energy Power Plant according to the Star Tribune.
Police Sgt. Chuck Jacobucci confirmed two are dead, but expects the number to rise as they continue searcing for people reported CNN.
More than 100 emergency units including police, emergency and fire responded to the scene reported CNN.
The explosion, reported the Star Tribune, shook houses 10 miles away from Middletown.

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