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Analysis: Diversity

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This is an article that concerns those who make up the low-income class.

In terms of stereotyping, a student named Chris and I discussed about how this article was doing the exact opposite of stereotyping. It diverts from the stereotype that "all poor people do not want to work" or that "all poor people don't like to work".

In fact, it illustrates quite the opposite. The article claims that there is a 90% repayment rate for their cars, which clearly shows that people who enroll in this program do want to work.

The article demolishes the stereotypes surrounding poor people as it illustrates the good that can come from programs like this (in getting people to work) and their ability to be financially responsible.

Chris is a student who works as night security in a dorm on the St. Cloud State University campus.

Analysis: Numbers

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An article about ocean warming temperatures uses numbers in several different ways.

Numbers are first introduced in the seconding paragraph, indicating how much ocean temperatures have risen (1.1 degrees) since the HMS Challenger readings. It is pretty straightforward and uncomplicated.

The second and third (and quite similarly mentioned) numbers take place in the following third and fourth paragraph, where it describes in slightly more detail about the rising ocean temperatures. "The upper parts of the ocean, to a depth of 2,300 feet, warmed by .59 degrees, while the warming was less pronounced (.22 degrees) at depths of 2,950 feet." Again, this is quite direct and evidently without pre-mediated calculations. It's just hard facts.

Analysis: News Obituary

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James McPadden - Carver County News

The lead for this obituary follows the standard obituary lead for the most part, including the person's name, when and where he died, but it did not include his age or any notable identifying fact.

The structure of the obituary does follow the standard layout of an obituary, though. It follows a chronological review of his life as well as describing his personality and character traits. The obituary also included who in his family had preceded his death as well as a very lengthy list of living family members.

However, there were no quotations from family or any attribution to the information that was stated about McPadden, which is unusual for a news obituary to disclude.

"Detriot native Mitt Romney tells Detroiters in Detroit how much he loves Detroit" is the title of a speech coverage on Mitt Romney speech to the Detroit Economic Club on Feb. 24 by Crain's Detroit Business.

Throughout the article, the reporter really focuses on Romney's ties with Detroit--especially given the first giveaway, the repetitive use of Detroit in the article title--and continues to do so throughout the article while also including some of the subjects that he touched based on.

The article briefly mentioned Romney's views on Obama, how his presidency is a "failed" one, the several plans he has in store (like cutting business tax and cutting subsidies like Planned Parenthood), as well as his connection to Detroit.

The way the reporter involved Romney's comments on how he enjoys being back in Michigan, his homestate, emphasizes the directional proximity of the article since the article is written by an organization based in Michigan.

Other more general, nationwide articles had more of a general perspective such as TMP's article, which focused on how almost-empty the stadium was. This article by Crains just briefly described the crowd in the beginning, saying how it was a "polite, mildly enthusiastic pro-Romney audience."

Analysis: Multimedia Feature Comparison

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The Twin Cities Pioneer Press and the New York Times have some commonalities in terms of multimedia features. Each have an area designated for news photos and videos. Pioneer Press, probably because it is smaller in comparison to the New York Times, appears to have much less multimedia than the New York Times, but both organizations share similar multimedia news tactics.

The New York Times contains wider array of multimedia than Pioneer Press. Various multimedia devices include interactive features as well as graphics (that depict things like graphs). The way these various formats of multimedia are presented is a bit more of a collage in a single area in the New York Times whereas Pioneer Press seems to have them more separate and easily accessible under their own categorical tabs.

The two organizations both cover local and national news, and the photos and videos affect the way the news is conveyed and interpreted in a different way than through text. They allow visual aid that physically impacts the reader's mind and forms a connection to the story via such visualization. Typically, the photos are organized as a slideshow and contain an informal caption below the photo that explains in more detail the story of what the photos are depicting.


The New York Times second-day story link: "After Honduars Fire, Cries for Justice Amid Tears"


The lead in the first news story sticks to the hard evidence of what actually happened during the Honduras prison fire. The second new story's lead writes from an emotional standpoint--by beginning its story with a personal account relating to the fire, which involves a short story about a mother's memory of her son, an inmate who had been killed in the fire.

The second-day article strays away from presenting updated information on the actual prison fire itself and focuses its attention on the opinions of relatives of those who were killed in the blaze as well as including criticisms of the current standards of Honduras prisons.

The second story involves many more accounts and attributions that are featured through the article as well as more specific factual information (like how fewer than half of the Comayagua prison prisoners had been convicted--397 of 858 inmates). The various accounts placed throughout the article serves as a decent transition from one opinion to the next and, ultimately helped to push the story along.

The progression of the information in this news article began strong with explaining the reactions that the father's viral video has got so far as well as it had briefed shortly about what the video was about.

From there, it presented details on what the video depicted and included some quotes the father made. Embedded in the article was the actual video, which I would classify as being a part of the article itself rather than as a mere reference.

The end of the article was dedicated to how the father felt about the reactions he received. The way the article was presented in seemingly three separate segments helped to subtly organize the information in a way that is readable and understandable. In this sense, the structure of this article was effective. There were even attributions to some comments that were made by some viewers of the video as well incorporated into the article at the end. However, I feel like there was probably too many quotes from the father and too many pull-quotes, in general. Paraphrasing would have allowed there to be a more effective understanding, in my opinion. Otherwise, we just get lost in between every pair of apostrophes.

There were a plentiful amount of sources in MailOnline's article concerning the death of Leslie Carter. The first, most prominently-used source was a police report that was cited to be obtained by ABC News. This report was referred to within the first good half of the article when it was explaining the incident of Carter's death. Concurrently with the report attributions, Ginger Carter was referred to as a source as well.

Nick Carter's publicist, Access Hollywood, Aaron Carter himself, and E! Online were also other sources that were attributed in the second half of the article. These four attributions were clustered in one area, paragraph after paragraph.

I would have to say the most effective attributions involved the police report and Ginger Carter's witness accounts, because the two were intertwined with each other. It made the explanation easier to comprehend. The heap of attributions in the last half the article doesn't seem to compare as effectively. While they were informative in providing more background in relation to how much of an effect her death was to the live of her celebrity brothers, I don't think they were able to compare just because of their jumbled structure.

The news lead covering Disney's new facial hair policy for its employees as written by CBS News was minimal in terms of what elements of the story it covered.

It focused on the main idea that this is the first time in Disney history that its workers will be able to wear beards and goatees. The policy was merely implied.

The lead also didn't specify where specifically that this change will be taking place. Additionally, it didn't answer the question, 'Why?'

CBS News stuck to keeping its news lead general yet somewhat attention-grabbing by adding emphasis on the fact it was "the first time ever" that employees will be able to grow beards and goatees.

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