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Analysis on Diversity

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By Gyusung Sim

I used two articles about the anti-gay marriage marchers protest in France this week. The news story dealt with an issue about the cultural difference which I am not used to. However, there was no stereotype or discrimination about the different culture, and the reporter wrote down the article with the objective voice. The reporter used photos of marchers and described situations in detail not to be subjective with the topic.

Analysis on Number Use

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By Gyusung Sim

In the story, "No. 16 Lady Vols defeat No. 20 Georgia Tech 71 - 54," numbers were used in various ways. Firstly, numbers were used to identify players. They were commented as their back numbers. Secondly, numbers were used to provide scores of games. They were usually said winner's score first, and loser's score was following. Thirdly, numbers were used as statistics. Sometimes, reports used numbers to express how many years players have played, or how many audiences were there in the game. Numbers made the story much easier to be read. The reporter used math to crunch numbers and tell the story effectively to explain to readers.

Analysis on Obits

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By Gyusung Sim

In an obituary, there are some sources typically needed. There should be addresses, cause of death, past personal problems, flowery phrases, and other terminology. For example, in the obituary of Fred Polkey by the Star Tribune, there were his address, cause of death, diverse quotes from his entourages, his past life, and diverse flowery phrases. It had a standard obituary lead. It had the news value that he was a lifelong Northeaster who mastered accordion.

Analysis entry on multimedia

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I compared the USA Today and the Star Tribune. In the Star Tribune, there were many kinds of multimedia such as photos, videos, and graphs. However, the USA Today was much more convenient and developed. In this website, there were all different categories for video clips and today's photos, and I could find out the market changes also. These kinds of multimedia make news more colorful. Readers can get what reporters wanted to say, in a second. Also, it makes readers more interested in these news.
The news which go along with photos or videos are a little different from the others. It can be much simpler and shorter. In most of cases, different kinds of multimedia explain many facts of the news, so it is convenient for both reporters and readers.

Analysis entry on spot and follows

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A news story covering crime can be an example which has a first-day story and a follow story. They can be different in diverse ways. When you see the story, 'A sexual assault near the University of Minnesota Campus,' there are distinct differences. For the first story, the suspect was just called as a Minneapolis man. However, for the second story, the suspect is called as a 23-year-old with details. In the main news stories, there is a summarized story with no details because of the lack of information. However, for the second story, there is a specific location sited, because the Police Department could get more information after arresting the suspect. As we can see these stories, spot and follow news show how the event has been going so far. People can get new information as it is being updated, and they can feel the reality.

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.

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.

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.

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