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Analysis of the obituary on Elizabeth Taylor

The sources the reporter used for Elizabeth Taylor at the LA Times were Taylor's publicist Sally Morrison, Elton John, and President Clinton. The obituary also contained a quote from New York Ties critic Vincent Canby. Richard Burton was one of her husbands that was quoted from a diary.

The obituary does have a standard lead. It states the person's name, major achievements, cause of death, and age.

The lead works because Taylor is a famous actress that many people know about. Although this particular obituary is very long and includes a lot of history about Taylor that is negative, not just positive. She had drug abuse and marriage problems.

The obituary differs from a resume because it includes many negative drug abuse and marriage problems. It tells all about Taylor's lively personality and extravagant lifestyle. Telling all readers about her many diamonds and lavish life. It provides more then a resume asks for in a complete manor. It gives more than Taylor's credentials as an actress and AIDS activist.

Multimedia options

Two news organizations that have great multimedia options are the New York Times and NPR.

NPR has the option to listen to news stories, watch videos, and look at pictures that accompany news stories. The New York Times has a great multimedia section that offers slide shows of things like the pictures of the Day or other stories. The New York Times also has great videos.

New York Times features picture slide shows in their multimedia section while NPR features the different kinds of listening programs.

The pictures on New York Times give great visual perspectives to stories. It shows you what the story is telling you. NPR's listening news programs are great because you can hear the interviewee and interviewer talking.

The writing for the picture slides shows is very short and concise. The captions are about two sentences long and the first always describes who or what is in the picture. The listening programs have the complete story written out so you have the option of reading it. It is set up like a news story but is a lot longer than the captions used to accompany the slide shows.

Analysis of Berlusconi update

The Guardian updated a story on Silvio Berlusconi and his trial for paying for sex with a teenager. The first article was Tuesday, Feb. 15, and the updated story was Wednesday, Feb. 16.

The leads in the two stories differ because the first one talks about Silvio Berlusconi and how this trial will effect his position as prime minister. His supporters said the indictment was an attack on the will of the people, the Guardian reported . The second talks about how Berlusconi is "untroubled" by the trial.

The main news is summarized in the first story by the date of the trial in April that will have three women judges, and the possibility of an early election for the next prime minister, the Guardian reported. The second story summarizes by switching topics. Berlusconi told the Guardian that he was here to deal with the economy.

The second story advances the news by having more information of the Moroccan girl who was underage when Berlusconi allegedly paid for sex, and telephone records showed that Karima el-Mahroug had been at his mansion, reported the Guardian.

The second-day story is responding to further details that were obtained about the story. The details are related to El-Mahroug and Berlusconi's relationship.

The follow up story just provided more information on who El-Mahroug is and detailed some of her relationship with Berlusconi.

Analysis of U plans to build a new dorm

The reporter summarized the Star Tribune's story by using the inverted pyramid story structure.

The lead summarized all the key facts and the second paragraph followed with more details about how many students end up in expanded housing.

The third paragraph gives the location of where the new dorm may be built and is then followed by a quote in the fourth paragraph.

The next couple of paragraphs just provide more information that is just detailing background information.

The reporter did this because it is a shorter news story and the most important information is told within the first three paragraphs. It is effective because the paragraphs are short and get to the point quickly.

This structure works best because it is a short news story. There is not enough information for the martini glass structure and there is not too much chronology of events. The kabob would not have worked as efficiently because it is not about a certain person just about the lack of housing on campus. There would also not be an anecdote from a specific person.

NPR's story on the peaceful rally

NPR uses at least 13 different sources to attribute background information, add interest and weight. The sources that are named are the most prominent figures: U.S. President Obama, European Union leaders, Egyptian reform advocate Mohamed ElBaradei, Vice President Omar Suleiman, and the Muslim Brotherhood's news agency.

The attribution is scattered within the news story, and is used to add opinion on how the U.S. and European Unions feel about Mubarak resigning.

The information is mostly from individual people but the quotes attributed to the thousands of protesters are mostly repeatedly heard messages, like "Leave! Leave! Leave!"

The reporter sets up the attribution by saying who "said" what. There was a fair amount of quoting and paraphrasing, both of which used the word "said". The way the reporter attributed was effective,clear and precise. NPR effectively used the attribution to enhance the value of the story.

The Fox 9 lead in the Moscow bombing

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The lead that Fox 9 uses to interest the audience works by giving a single gruesome detail. At the first glimpse the audience reads about a "severed head" and then at the end of the lead it is connected with a bomb that killed 35 people (Fox 9).

The news elements that are in the lead are what, where, and when. The what is the "severed head of suspected suicide bomber", where is the Russian airport, and when is Monday (Fox 9). The detail is the number of people who died, 35. The general details are that a bomb killed people in a Russian airport.

This hard news lead includes the critical detail needed to capture attention but balances it with general details so the audience knows some of the background information. They get hooked on the first three words and then learn that the words correlate with a suicide bombing.

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