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Structure: Romney wins chance to reset status

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I felt that this article was structured very well. The lead only talks about Mitt Romney and his win in Maine this past Saturday. It also mentioned that it was a significant victory for him and his campaign.

Then in the second paragraph, it brings up Ron Paul and how he had tried very hard to rally in Maine. This brings to light the significance of Maine and shows Romney's upperhand in Maine compared to Paul.

The third paragraph then tells me the exact numbers of the caucus.

As you go through this relatively wordy and fact-packed article about Romney's win, it gives you more and more details about why this win is significant to his campaign and the competition between Romney and Paul.

This article gives me the whole picture of what is going in chunks of facts and analysis of the situation. It is clear and not confusing at all.

The link to the article is here.

This article was filled with emotionally charged quotes like, "disgusted" and "appalled."

The quotes were scattered throughout the article. First, there was a quote by the United States U.N. ambassador:

"Those that have blocked potentially the last effort to resolve this peacefully ... will have any future blood spill on their hands," U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice told CNN. "The people of Syria have yet again been abandoned by this Council and by the international community."

This quote really set the emotion and the stand of the article. It portrays a negative image upon the countries who vetoed the motion and that the security council has let Syria down.

Then, there was information of the number of deaths in Syria from opposition groups and activists. But since those were not confirmed numbers, the writer wrote a disclaimer after he attributed the information to them:

"CNN cannot independently confirm opposition or government reports from Syria because the government has restricted journalists' access to the country."

Finally, the writer quoted other ambassadors from other countries to tie up the article.

The quotes were not confusing at all. In fact, they were very effective in bringing emotions that were felt in that room to the readers.

The link to the article is here: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/04/world/meast/syria-unrest/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Leads: Law schools check Facebook for admissions

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The lead for this story from the Minnesota Daily really pulled me in because it is relevant to me, an aspiring law school student.

The lead talked about law school admission officers themselves recommending law schools applicants to be careful of what they post about themselves on Facebook.

The lead only said that applicants should be careful about their online activity but it did not explain why. Furthermore, it specifically mentioned about "law school admission officers" so that the story can attract possible law school applicants and people who are considering higher education.

After the lead, the second paragraph then explained it was a Kaplan Test prep survey that showed that law school admission officers are 20% more likely to check on applicants' online activity than undergraduate college admission officers.

The lead in this example was successful in invoking curiosity from me as the reader, which led me to read on to find out the details.

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