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Analysis: Elephants are dying out in America's zoos

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In the Seattle Times article, "Elephants are dying out in America's zoos," the writer has done an in-depth investigation on Zoos' efforts to preserve and propagate elephants, both in Seattle and nationally.
The article gives the reader clear and comprehensive data on elephants that live in zoos'. This data includes population, infant-mortality rate, and also the expenses surrounding an elephant's life.
The reporter needed to know basic calculations of dividing and averaging in his article to tell the story of the endangerment of zoo elephants.
This story used two different interactive graphics to enhance the story. First, there was a web graph that showed the family tree of zoo elephants in chronological order. This helped the readers visualize the connectedness of all the elephants, and also the increase of scarcity in the number of elephants.
The next graph looks at the amount of births and deaths in zoo elephants, showing the reader that there is a significant difference in the amount of deaths over births in the last twenty years.
Article found here.

In Minnesota Public Radio's article "Enviro officials hear from SE Minn. Residents," the writer chose to focus on the personal, community aspect of the citizen forum held by the Environmental Quality Board.

The writer tried to make it very personable by using an informal source in her article. The majority of the short article reflected on one crowd member's question and response. I believe the writer chose to focus on a crowd member's question because it was a public meeting, focused on the community's concerns.

The writer tried to describe the event by having the one personal question in the article. This makes it easy to understand what the event was about, and to show the readers what type of questions were asked at this meeting. The end of the article shows a list of similar upcoming meetings, and those who read the article are more aware of what is typically asked.

Lastly, she included what the objective of the forum was: "the comments would be the focus of a one-day summit in March." I personally would have put this earlier in the article or mentioned it. Again, her choice was to focus on people at the meeting and not the objective or goal of the meeting.

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Groupon stock plummets, analysis

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When it comes to telling a story about the stock market, numbers are one of the most important factors in the story.
The writer uses numbers to tell the news of Groupon sales slowing, which significantly decreases their stock. She balances the numbers well throughout the story, making it understandable for a person who may not completely comprehend how the stock market works.
The source of the numbers comes directly from the stock exchange. She uses percentages to describe the decrease in stock for the company, and this is an effective way to describe how the decrease compares overall in the company. She also uses the numbers to describe how the company's stock market has been slowing down over the whole year, alluding to their continued struggles in the company.
Overall, the writer does a good job of making the numbers easy to follow and making comparisons that give the reader an overall big picture of Groupon's decreasing stocks.
The article can be found here.

Obituaries, analysis

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I enjoy the obituaries that take a creative approach to describing the person's life. This obituary makes an ordinary woman in the community, Phyllis Thornley, seem fascinating and accomplished.
The article can be found here.
The writer uses close family members, colleagues, and friends as sources to the obituary. He uses these three sources (a son, a niece, and friend/college) to develop more on her character and her passions.
This obituary lead is standard by describing an important aspect in her life that stands out, her love for books. It does take awhile to tell when she died, waiting three paragraphs to do this. Rather, he reiterates for three paragraphs how much books were her passion.
She was involved in the Minneapolis community so her news worthiness may be important. Although, the article focuses on her commitment to family and her traveling endeavors, rather than her community contributions.
It differs from a resume by being more expressive about a person's life. An obituary takes on a different perspective. It has people whom they were close to describing who they were, and in a resume it's usually that person describing who they are. It's a lot more like a story about their accomplishments, not just a list of accomplishments.

Analysis: Skydiver Breaks Record Event

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In the Associated Press article "Skydiver survives 24-mile high jump, breaks sound barrier, officials say," the writer uses three sources to describe the moments before, during, and after the jump.

The sources are scattered in the beginning and in the end, while the middle describes the writers experience at the event. The bulk of the sources in the beginning give statistics and facts about the record-breaking sky dive. This is effective because it is a scientific news article and facts help tell the story in this case.

The information is from specialists and those directly involved in the jump. The specialist reports the facts while the other sources tell the emotional side to the story. It gives the article emotional appeal and logical appeal.

The attributions are done properly in this story by thoroughly describing each person. I would say that I would've liked to see one more factual source to make the article more credible. The writer did source the jumper and got his feed back on the jump which is effective perspective. Overall, the writer could have added one more scientifically source but the quotes were effective in relaying the event.
Article found here: Fox News/ Associated Press

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