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In the New York Times' article, "Seeking Gun or Selling One, Web Is a Land of Few Rules," the reporter uses lots of data analysis and interactive features that enhance the story and capture the attention of the reader.

This article is about various prospective buyers on Armslist.com, which is a website for free classified ads for guns. The reporter had to navigate this website and find the ads posted on the website, as well as track down buyers who showed interest in the ads.

In the article, the reporter explained the ads and posted pop-up links to the specific ads. The reporter also added pictures of the prospective buyers, of which some are convicted felons. This means that the reporter also had to find their pictures and what they were convicted with.

Even though the story is very long, it had lots of graphics and interactive tools that captured the attention of the reader throughout the article. On each page of the article there were numerous links to click on, pictures of those seeking the ads, and visuals of the ads themselves.

The New York Times' article, "Asian-Americans Gain Influence in Philanthropy," is about how various Asian American philanthropic groups and affluent families are donating large sums of money to universities, museums, concert halls and hospitals in the New York region.

The story dives in past stereotypes of Asian Americans and shows the reader how these immigrants, whom have benefited from booms in finance and technology in the U.S., are giving back to the American country that has helped them.

The article goes on to discuss this point and how various Asian philanthropic foundations continue to grow such as the Korean American Community Foundation, the American Indian Foundation, the American Asian Foundation and the Chinese American Community Foundation.

The reporter uses these foundations as sources in order to explain to the reader their motives and goals for philanthropy. The reporter also quoted various members of these foundations within the article. He also uses statistics from colleges that have received donations and a statistic regarding the Asian population in the U.S. from the Census Bureau.

The New York Times' article, "Hiring in U.S. Tapers Off as Economy Fails to Gain Speed," uses many different numbers to tell the story of how jobs in America are slowly increasing, but not as much as what economists expected.

The first way the reporter uses numbers is by expressing the number of payrolls in March and February. These two numbers, were attributed to a Labor Department report released Friday. The reporter compared the payrolls for each month to show that the month of March was the slowest pace of job growth since last June.

Another way the reporter uses numbers is by expressing the unemployment rate. The reporter compared the unemployment rate now, 7.6 percent, to what it was, 7.7 percent, in order to show readers that the economy might look like there is some success. But really, there have just been more people who have dropped out of the labor force. This statistic is not directly attributed, but comes from a "different" survey.

Next, the reporter expresses the labor force participation rate, 63.3 percent, in order to back up the last point. This statistic is not directly attributed as well.

Lastly, the reporter expresses the number of workers who want full-time work but can only find part-time work, 7.6 million. This is to emphasize to the reader that these missing work hours don't count toward the unemployment rate, which is another misrepresentation. This statistic is not attributed.

The numbers expressed in this story are not overwhelming and are very easy to understand. To gain credibility, the reader could have attributed all of the statistics directly so the reader knows this is all factual information. There was no number crunching, just purely statistics that have already been calculated.

The New York Times obituary article, "James M. Nabrit, a Fighter for Civil Rights, Dies at 80," is written as a standard obituary in terms of the format we learned in class.

Because Nabrit had no immediate family surviving him, the sources were limited. The article sources a friend and a co-worker of Nabrit's.

The lead is very standard rather than alternative. It references the name of the person, an identifying fact, where and when he died, and a separate sentence saying his age.

Nabrit's death has news value because he served in a group that was a persistent and prominent legal voice fighting to enforce school integration and end Jim Crow laws in the South. Nabrit was a strong fighter for civil rights.

This obituary is different from a resume because instead of just describing Nabrit's credentials and qualifications, it discusses his character. Nabrit's obituary has much more personality and personalism than his resume would.

In CBS Minnesota's article, "Rand Paul filibusters vote on CIA director nominee John Brennan over drones," the author structures the story about Rand Paul's speech Wednesday very similar to how we have learned to structure news stories on speeches in class.

First, the author starts with a lead that focuses on the main point of Rand Paul's speech. Paul is protesting the nominee for the director of CIA and the Obama Administration's drone program.

The second paragraph gives a little more background about the speech and a quote that further explains information from the lead.

The next paragraph is a longer quote from Paul about his objection to a controversial drone program. This explains Paul's main point in even more detail than the second paragraph.

After the third paragraph, the author provides background about the speech, policies, and the controversies regarding the Obama administration's drone program.

Following the third paragraph, the author begins to form a point and support structure by providing statements and then supporting them with evidence, such as quotes.

The author did a great job at structuring the article but could have provided a bit more background about the drone program and what it would mean for Americans. This could have helped the reader better understand the importance of Paul's speech.

Analysis: CNN and Fox News multimedia options

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CNN and Fox News websites offer different and similar multimedia options, all of which contribute to the way the audience views news content.

CNN has many multimedia functions. On the home page, the TV and Video option is offered along with CNN trends. CNN also offers a tools and widgets feature, RSS feed, podcasts, blogs, CNN mobile, e-mail alerts and my profile, which is a way to customize your news feed and the articles you view.

Fox News has similar multimedia functions such as video, trending stories, RSS feeds, alerts, blogs, podcasts and mobile device options. In addition to these options Fox News offers radio or on air features along with links to connect with its Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn pages.

All of these different options complement news stories because they are easily accessible for readers/viewers because it is all in one place and provide details with pictures and sound, not just text.

The writing in these multimedia features is very minimal. Although the majority of news stories in text are concise and to the point, the writing within these multimedia features is even more concise. In some cases, the text within the multimedia options is not even full sentences, but fragments.

Analysis: Spot and follow on Kansas City gas explosion

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CNN has two different stories regarding the Kansas City gas explosion that are a perfect example of spot and follow.

The first article, "2 missing, more than a dozen injured in Kansas City gas explosion," and the second article "Officials: Contractor for cable company his gas line before explosion," show how a first-day story turns in to an in-depth, detailed story.

The first article's lead focuses more on how many people were injured and what type of explosion occurred. The second article focuses more on why the explosion happened and the fatality of an individual.

Because the first lead is from more of a breaking news article, there are not as many details about how the explosion happened. With the second lead, the news source generated many more details and crafted the lead differently from the first.

The first story summarizes the news based on how many injuries or missing people there were after the explosion. It also adds quotes and descriptions of what the explosion looked like and what was happening during the explosion.

The second story summarizes the news based on how the explosion occurred and the details that happened before the gas explosion. This is more of an investigative story.

In Kare 11's article, "Police respond to a large fight at South High School," the progression of information was a bit jumbled. There was no clear-cut method of structure, such as the inverted pyramid or martini glass, in the news story.

The reporter summarized the main points and important elements in the beginning of the article, yet used a slightly chronological progression at the same time.

The story began with the lead, and then dived right into how the fight began and what happened. Toward the end, the lesser important fact blocks were added into the story.

This type of organization is effective for this news story because the most important information that people want to know is how the fight began, where it took place, who was involved and what it took to stop it. All of these aspects are covered within the first four paragraphs. After those four paragraphs, the fact blocks began.

The article had more than enough information. However, the last few paragraphs regarding the school's statement could have been done differently. The reporter could have summarized the school's statement as well as provided a direct link to the school's website, where the statement is found, instead of devoting so much of the article to text not written by the reporter.

In Fox News's article, "Newton pastor reprimanded by domination for participation in prayer vigil for Sandy Hook," the author uses few sources to attribute information.

In this particular article, only one source is used: The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The author does not use unnamed sources.

Although the author uses only one source, there are two attributions to this source scattered throughout the article. One is mentioned at the very beginning of the story, the other toward the end.

There are no direct quotes, attributions to records or individuals in the story because the only source attributed is a Newton church.

The reporter dives right into the attribution in the lead of the story and mentions the source in the second to last paragraph. This is very effective for the article because it sets the stage for where the information came from as well as the setting of the story.

In the Kare 11 article, "More criticism as Boy Scouts consider policy change," the author writes a to the point lead about the Boy Scouts of America's, "proposal to move away from a mandatory no-gays membership policy and allow troop sponsors to decide the matter for themselves," said Kare 11.

This lead includes a, "what," and a, "who," of the five W's. The, "what," is the criticism of the proposed policy change. While the, "who," is the Boy Scouts of America.

Because the proposed policy change hit the news last week and criticism has begun since the proposition, there is no need to add a, "when," into the lead. This can be applied to the, "where," as well. The lead is a perfect example of prioritizing the five W's.

The author also made note to be clear, concise and focus on the active part of the story throughout the one sentence lead.

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