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Analysis: Numbers in Alzheimer's article

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In an article from CNN discussing a recent conference in Vancouver about Alzheimer's disease, the reporter uses numbers in various ways to tell the story.

The numbers in the article are actually quite easy to understand, they are primarily numbers accumulated via surveys by researchers, so the reporter did not have to work very hard to make the statistics easier to grasp. She mainly used umbers when describing the findings about alcohol and its relation to dementia and Alzheimer's.

The reporter did not use any math to get her numbers. She basically copied the statistical data from the Alzheimer's Association as well as data compiled by other researchers from the conference.

The reporter appears to have found most of her information from the Alzheimer's Association as well as other studies mentioned in the article. She always attributed the statistical data to the source.

Analysis: Obit of Celeste Holm

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The obituary from the Star Tribune for Broadway star Celeste Holm was a very standard, formulaic obituary in my opinion. The lead follows the exact same formula that the New York Times uses in its leads, and the structure of the rest of the article is very standard as well. Since the lead is simple and straightforward, it works very well within the piece and there really was no need for the reporter to deviate from a standard obit lead.

The article uses sources from Holm's family early on, then proceeds to use many quotes from interviews Holm gave throughout her life. I think the reporter made the right choice by quoting Holm mostly because it gives the audience the best idea of what she was like as a person and as a professional.

This obit was particularly different from a resume because it not only focused on Holm's accomplishments, but also the negative aspects of her life. The obit discusses a nasty divorce settlement with her fifth husband and her estranged relationship with her sons. The fact that the article talked about Holm's family and her relationships differentiates the obit from a simple resume.

Analysis: Obama Speech in Ohio

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The New York Times covered a speech given by President Barack Obama in the Rust Belt of the United States. The speech was given as part of a two-day campaign bus in Ohio and Pennsylvania that aims to promote the president as a defender of manufacturing jobs in the United States.

The reporter uses hard-hitting quotes that summarize Obama's speech and drive home the main points. The reporter also chose quotes in which Obama criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, probably because he knew it would stir some conflict and increase the news value of the story. The reporter even included a quote from the response from Romney's camp which criticized the president.

The reporter also included a great deal of contextual information. He described the crowd and the venue at several points in the article, which helped draw me into the article because I had such a clear picture of the audience and the location. He described crowd reactions, mentioned the number of people and even described how the heat in the region affected the crowd.

The reporter also included ample background information about the president's campaign bus tour and the issues he would be covering. The reporter specifically focused on the unemployment rates for manufacturing jobs in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as outsourcing in China and other countries. He narrowed his focus on the aspects of the speech that covered these topcis.

The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times both feature multiple multimedia options on their websites, including video, slide show and social media options.

Both websites feature to slide show news reports. These reports have videos and photos related to a news story the organization is reporting about. Written text appears either next to or below the photos and basically describe what is happening in the photo and the news story. The writing is highly descriptive and reads like a hard-news story.

The websites feature links to video news reports as well. These video news reports do not often have writing accompanying the video, but they leave space available at he bottom of the webpage viewers to comment.

At the top of both websites' pages is a link to `like' them on Facebook. If one chooses to `like' the organization, the website will send out news reports to his or her news feed on Facebook. The subscriber then has access to all of the organization's top stories on Facebook.

The was a great deal of attribution used in a story by the Star Tribune about a woman who was stabbed to death in a Minneapolis parking ramp Saturday night.

Since the story concerns a crime, most of the attribution is credited to police sources, although employees of the parking ramp and a nearby restaurant are quoted in the latter half of the story. The reporter put most of the police attribution in the first half of the article, where information about the crime itself is written. The quotes from employees come in the second half of the story when the reporter writes about the fallout of the stabbing.

I found the reporter's method of setting up the attribution to be quite effective. I like how the reporter clustered all of the police attribution at the beginning of the story where the hard news about the crime is present, and then grouped the rest of the information about the fallout of the stabbing at the end o the article. The reporter did an exceptional job of placing the most newsworthy information at the top while keeping the less important and more detailed information at the end.

Analysis: Rodney King found dead in pool

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The reporter followed a very simple approach when writing his lead for the Los Angeles Times story about the death of Rodney King.

The lead has five news elements, including timeliness, proximity, prominence, emotion and conflict. Proximity, prominence, and emotion are the three most obvious elements of this lead because King lived just outside of Los Angeles and was a victim of a notorious LAPD beating in 1992 that sparked riots throughout the city. Timeliness is present in any newsworthy story and some conflict exists due to the King's controversial past.

Since the story was about the death of King, who became somewhat of a celebrity after the beating, the reporter followed hard-news lead approach. The simple facts of the case, combined with King's celebrity status, made a compelling lead for the story. The reporter did not need to include any creativity in the lead to catch readers' attention.

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