September 2012 Archives

Analysis entry on structures

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The progression of information in a news story usually follows a typical structure to catch readers' interests. The writers try to put the most important part of the news in the lead to make readers read the article, and it is really effective. They summarize the key facts in a concise lead, then organize the story as logically as possible. For example, among my entries, in the news 'Connecticut Man Kills Masked Teen then Discovered It was His Son', there is the most amazing part of the story was put in the lead; a man killed his son by mistake. If there was a different lead without the fact of the man killing his son, it might lose readers' concerns.

Ronaldo's Hat Trick Leads Real Madrid to Route

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By Gyusung Sim

Christiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to lead Real Madrid to a 5-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna Sunday at the Bernabeu, Spain.
Real Madrid reduced the gap at the top of the Primera Division to eight points ahead of next weekend's 'El Clasico' match at Camp Nou, reported by the USA Today.
Ronaldo's 17th career hat trick lifted him even with Barcelona's Lionel Messi with six goals each through six rounds.
"It was an important win, because we knew we couldn't drop any more points," Ronaldo said. The biggest rival match, el clasico, is scheduled on Oct. 7, at Camp Nou, the Guardian reported.

Typhoon Jelawat Injures Dozens as It Heads to Tokyo

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By Gyusung Sim

A powerful typhoon, Jelawat, is headed to Tokyo Sunday after injuring dozens of people, causing blackouts and paralyzing traffic to the south and west of the capital.
The typhoon left 145 people with minor injuries in southern and western Japan. Dozens of trains were halted in coastal areas around Tokyo and many stores inside the capital closed early Sunday as the storm approached, the Huffington Post reported.
Japan's Meteorological Agency warned of torrential rain and strong wind gusts, urging residents to stay indoors. It was expected to hit northern Japan and then move off into the Pacific Ocean early Monday, reported by the USA Today.

By Gyusung Sim

A New Fairfield fifth-grade teacher shot a masked teenager in self-defense outside his neighbor's house Thursday, then he discovered it was his son, Connecticut state police said.
The neighbor who was alone in the house believed someone was attempted late-night burglary and called the teen's father, who lives next door. The father confronted someone wearing a black ski mask and black clothing with a shiny weapon in his hand, and then fired his gun, reported by the New York Daily News.
The teen was dead at the scene. The father had not returned a message seeking comment on what happened. No one responded to knocks on the front door at his home or the neighbor's, reported by the USA Today.
No charges have been filed, and an autopsy on the boy is planned.

Schools Mobilize to Encourage Student Voter Registration

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By Gyusung Sim

In honor of the first-ever National Voter Registration Day, volunteers took to the University of Minnesota campus Tuesday.
A lot of out-of-state students don't know they are eligible to vote, and it was a good chance for students to approach volunteers and ask how to register, whether they can vote in Minneapolis or how to vote absentee, according to the Minnesota Daily.
Minnesota Public Interest Research Group registered 275 people throughout the day, and they also asked students to sign a pledge to vote "no" on the proposed marriage and voter ID amendments. According to the USA Today, student groups, faculty and national organizations across the country have been actively encouraging college voters to make it to the polls.
The deadline to register in Minnesota is Oct. 16 by mail and Nov. 6 in person with proof of residency.

Man Shot during Apparent Road Rage Incident in Isanti

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By Gyusung Sim

A man was shot Saturday afternoon following a road-rage incident that ended in the parking lot of the north of the Twin cities, of the Isanti Police Department.
The victim was found to have been shot in the face with handgun, by officers walking out of the Police Department, reported by the Isanti County News. "It wasn't exactly clear why the two men were in the police parking lot, which is just west of Highway. 65," Isanti Police Chief Ron Sager said.
The suspect was taken into custody and has been booked into the Isanti County Jail and is awaiting formal charges to be filed by the Isanti County Attorney's Office, reported by the Star Tribune.
The victim was conscious and subsequently flown to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Analysis entry on attribution

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When reporters use sources to write the news, they must clearly indicate where those facts, opinions and quotes come from, which is the purpose of attributions.
In my story, 'Beer Flows as Germany Kicks off Oktoberfest,' I used various sources from the Star Tribune and the Herald Sun. The sources are from only two articles, but those were colorful to compare events in Germany nowadays with the history of Oktoberfest. I scattered all stories, then gathered together which had similar ideas. Some of information was from photos and videos from Oktoberfest, and the others were information from the history of Germany.
The reporter from the Star Tribune set up the attribution in an effective way. He explained the history of Oktoberfest first, and how it goes nowadays with descriptions and interviews from guests in Munich.

Some Still Waiting for Pre-ordered iPhone 5s

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By Gyusun Sim

A week ago Friday, from London to Tokyo, people were already lining up and tried to pre-order the new device form the Apple.
Apple says iPhone 5 pre-orders topped 2 million in 24 hours, more than double the amount of iPhone 4S pre-orders, reported by the USA Today.
However, the Apple online store was kept freezing because so many people were trying to log in and to preorder. Customers had sinking feelings that they would have to wait for a long time to get the new device.
Because of over 2 million pre-orders, it could foreshadow long lines in front of the Apple store. Or it could mean more consumers are skipping the line-waiting game and have chosen to order the phone online, reported by the CNN.

Women Paid 20 percent Less than Men in Minnesota

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By Gyusung Sim

According to a new analysis of the United States Census Bureau data Friday that reveals a gender-based wage gap in all eight Minnesota congressional districts, Minnesota women earn 80 cents for every dollar men are paid.
Minnesota women are slightly better off than the national average, which shows full-time women earning 77 cents for every dollar their full-time male working counterparts bring home, reported by the Star Tribune.
Research has found that men tend to work in more dirty, dangerous and financially risky jobs and those come with higher rewards, reported by the CBS Minnesota. Also, for some women who choose to stay raise kids while their young, companies do not have enough on and off ramps.
"Discrimination is less over than it is used to be, but it is still really part of how we're socialized," said Debra Fitzpatrick, a researcher at the University of Minnesota.

Naked Stabber Charged with Second-degree Assault

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By Gyusung Sim

A 36-year-old man arrested in the Southeast Como neighborhood early this week after he stabbed a man after he had used meth.
Darrin Nicolas Kirk, was arrested on a charge of second-degree assault, after police discovered him running around naked in a University of Minnesota neighborhood Monday has been taken into custody.
The victim barricaded himself, and tried to escape through the door, but Kirk stabbed him in the head and neck, reported by the Citypages. Kirk broke through the door with a silver pocket knfe.
According to the Minnesota Daily, a Metro Transit bus driver was near the apartment driving his route, and saw those men running toward the bus. The bus driver let the victim in, and tried to close it, but Kirk pulled his arm out. The bus driver drove away and called the police. The victim was transferred to the Hennepin County Medical Center, and was expected to survive the attack.

For Korean players, Europe is no longer about the big clubs

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By Gyusung Sim

After winning a bronze media at the Olympic Games, a new era for South Korean soccer began, which brought out a great result in this weekend all around Europe.
Park Ji-sung, the biggest star from Korea, became the captain of Queens Park Rangers. He has come out five games in a row with the role of captain, since this season began. Even though QPR lost the game Saturday, he did a great job as a captain, reported by the Korean Times.
According to the Associated Press, the biggest star in this weekend was Hamburger SV's rising star, Son Heung-Min from South Korea. Son scored twice, and Borussia Dortmund's 31-match unbeaten run in the Bundesliga was ended Saturday.
In Barcelona, Spain, Park Chu-Young scored in his home debut for Celta Vigo to earn a victory against Getafe Saturday. For sure, there is also a Korean wave on the soccer field.

Beer Flows as Germany Kicks off Oktoberfest

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By Gyusung Sim

More than six million visitors will swarm the city of Munich in southern Germany for the annual two-week celebration of the world's largest beer festival, Oktoberfest, which opens Saturday.
At first, the Oktoberfest started with a wedding party: Just over 200 years ago, reported by the Star Tribune. Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig celebrated his royal nupitals, and it became an annual event. Nowadays, everyone knows for its towering mugs of beer, oompah music.
All men wearing traditional Bavarian Lederhosen leather shorts and women in bright costumes. According to the Herald Sun, between about six million revelers, seven million liters of the amber nectar in one of the 35 giant beer tents stretching over 26 hectares.
The festival was originally held in October, but was brought forward by one month to take advantage of better weather. This year's event runs until October 7.

Analysis entry on leads

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When reporters write news, it is crucial to write a concise and catchy lead. Readers are not patient and they are always in a hurry.
In a news lead, there should be basically four W: who, what, when where. Why and How are can be optional. Generally, the lead starts with Who or What. However, there is no fixed rule for it. Writers can choose the most interesting part of the fact as a beginning of the lead. When the news is about a celebrity, his or her name can be the start. When reports write stories about interesting facts in local news, the place can be the start.
Among my news entries, 'Apple Unveils Faster, Thinner iPhone 5 with 4-Inch Retina Display, LTE Support,' it starts with the fact that Apple announced the new iPhone on Wednesday. The lead includes have all parts which can interest readers.

Derrick Rose Cries at Shoe Promo, Rehab on Schedule

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By Gyusung Sim

The Chicago Bulls point guard, Derrick Rose, broke down into tears after watching the video of his season-ending injury was played during a promotional event on Thursday.
On this event, Derrick took the time in an impromptu discussion to thank all the people around him, after watching the viewing of a promotional clip that detailed his long rehabilitation from knee surgery, reported by Yahoo sports. Rose had surgery on May 12 which expected to miss most of 2012-13 season.
However, Adidas has made several promotional commercials of Rose's return instead of the contract destruction, the USA Today reported.

By Gyusung Sim

The hottest music star in these days, Psy from South Korea, becomes more popular day by day all over the world.
His YouTube video of "Gangnam Style" has been viewed more than 100 million views in 51 days, reported by NY Daily News. The biggest rumors around this song concern a meeting with Justin Bieber's manager for collaboration between two singers to Braun purchasing the rights to produce a remake of "Gangnam Style", Forbes reported.
There are only three English words in this song, "Hey, sexy lady." However, the fame of this song is still bursting.

By Gyusung Sim

Eric Kaler, the president of the University of Minnesota, will present the proposal an undergraduate tuition freeze for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal year, if the university gets $14.2 million in incremental state funding from the Minnesota Legislature.
According to reports from Minnesota Daily, the tuition relief would account for a 3.9 percent increase in the biennial budget, which is total $42.6 million over two fiscal years.
The University Board of Regents on Friday during their board meeting, then meet in October to approve the request, which will be released to the Minnesota Legislature. U of M is getting creative in asking for new money, reported by the Star Tribune.

By Gyusung Sim

Block E's movie theater, AMC is leaving downtown Minneapolis at the end of this month.
There was a legal fight between AMC and building owners earlier this year to extend their lease, but AMC lost, the Star Tribune reported. It will be the first time that downtown Minneapolis is theatherless since 2002.
Block E has seen some businiesses close their doors in the last few years, reported by the CBS Minnesota. In the building, the Shout House piano bar, Kieran's Irish Pub, Jimmy John's and starbucks are the remaining tenants.

by Gyusung Sim

Apple announced the new iPhone on Wednesday in San Francisco, with a taller screen, faster data speeds and new iTunes software.
The analysts and the investors stand positively with iPhone 5. With a new feature, iPhone 5 is surely going to be loved by consumers, Star Tribune reported.
However, according to USA Today, with the new cable connector of iPhone 5, consumers who have gotten used to the familiar white 30-pin connector cable are disappointed
The Star Tribune reports that iPhone 5 has an ideal new design for people with smaller hands. Also, the larger screen which can offer five rows of apps on the home screen is sensational. The only thing left from apple is to find a way to charge the phone without plugging it in, USA Today reported.

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