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The article I chose is about a new indoor marketplace called Hmong Village. The person I discussed this article with is Jmuag, who requested not having his last name used, he is a photographer who lives in Minneapolis. Jmuag believes that this article did not use any stereotypes and was actually substantive. The article did use any stereotypes or general statements about Hmong people. Instead it was an article, which described the Hmong Village and gave some backgroung information about it. The article did feature some quotes from Hmong people but did non of them were used out of context, they were all about the marketplace. Also the story stated that despite the name "Hmong Village," Mexican, Somali, Thai and Vietnamese merchants own shops there and that people of all backgrounds are welcome there.


The whole story is based on the analysis of federal tax forms by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The reporter used the numbers to tell the story, he listed a set of numbers from the analysis and gave more details and background information about them in almost each paragraph. In the paragraphs that do not include numbers and info pertaining to them, he explains the analysis done by The Chronical of Higher Education. The numbers in this story are not overwhelming because they are used in about half of the paragraphs, and there are never more than three numbers in the paragraphs that do feature them. The reporter did use math to figure out the median salaries of private college presidents, to tell the story more effectively. Besides numbers that are in the millions, which were rounded, the rest of the numbers are listed completely.


The article I found is about immigration reform and Latinos. According to my friend Luis, who is a 22-year-old Mexican-American with a full-time job, that lives in Andover, MN, and wished not to have his last name used, the report did move beyond stereotype into something more substantive. The article which is mainly about immigration reform and also about Latino voters and politicians, did partially use the stereotype that immigration has to do with mainly Latinos. But it did not say that and moved onto the actual report about immigration reform and how the Latino vote and Latino politicians play a crucial in the immigration reform. Also there was a statement in the article saying that " not only Latinos care about immigration." The story uses data about Latino voters, and about what both the Democrats and Republicans are doing to try to gain their votes. The story also used observation to talk about why immigration refrom will be difficult to achieve because of political party differences.


The sources used in the Obituary for Theodore C. Sorensen used sources: John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, Time Magazine, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, Sorensen himself, Sorensen's son, Associated Press. The article has an alternative obituary lead. This obituary barely mentions any family members, does not have any information about the funeral, has quotes from news sources and famous people. Not only that it is a full length news story discussing his life and many achievement, not just a short paragraph.


Althought the reporter did mention the statistics that the Republicans are leading the Democrats in the generic poll which he got from the press release he focused more on President Barack Obama's campaigning across the country. He listed off all of the states President Obama visited, and all of the cadidates he is supporting. He left out more of the in depth statistics and focused on the actual senate race naming how many seats are up for election. Also, instead of mentioning what percentage of people are planning of voting and what parties they are supporting as well as those who switched parties, which was mentioned in the press release he discussed what the Democratic and Republican parties need to do to take control of the Senate.

Spot and Follows

The lead in the second story is longer and includes the information about Randy Moss being traded to the Vikings from the first lead but focuses on the newer information. The main news is summarized in an inverted pyramid style first anouncing that his improbable trade has become a reality and then going on to explaining the details about the trade. The second news story mentioned the fact that Randy Moss was traded earlier this week and then proceeded to providing new statements from Moss about the trade, new information about the details of the trade and his contract situation as well as background information about him. This second-day story is a follow up done by the same reporter for the same news organization.

Story Structure

In the "Israeli soldiers used boy as shield" article from the Star Tribune the reporter summarized the important elements using the inverted pyramid structure. In his first paragraph he listed the most important facts which were: two Israeli soldier were convicted of using a Palestinian boy as a human shield. Then he gave background information about the soldiers and then about then information about the incident in which the boy was used as a human shield. The reason that the reporter did this is because the inverted pyramid is the proven method for news writing it lists the most important facts in a descending order. This method is very effective because the most important facts which are in the lead catch the readers eye right away. This story could have been summarized differently using the martini glass method which would have listed the lead and key facts in the beggining and then chronologically listed the events of the boy being used as a human shield all the way to the trial of the soldiers.


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Two different sources were used. One of the sources is named. The quotes are scattered throughout the story. The information is not from people it is from a sheriff's department and authorities. The reporter sets up the attribution as part of the story to give more detail, it is a very effective method.

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