February 2010 Archives

Analysis of Multimedia

I will be comparing CNN and MSNBC.
Both news organizations have many different types of media to retrieve information. For example, they both have slide shows with stories, basic news stories, video reporting online, TV stations, and many digital news stories, radio stations, and much more.
All of these media complement news stories by adding more color to the story. For example, one can read the regular news story and then see a video of the story, listen to it on the radio, etc; they can retrieve information about the story in many different ways.
In the media that focuses on pictures and videos, one will see simple writing that quickly summarizes the story. The writing in these cases is used to complement the story, instead of tell the story (the videos and pictures tell the story).

Thief Steals Hundreds of Girl Scout Cookies

A burglar stole 407 boxes of Girl Scout cookies from a garage in Lakeland on Thursday, WCCO reported.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office received a call on Thursday night saying someone broke into a garage on the 100 block of Quamwell Avenue between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and stole the cookies, Fox9 reported.
The 407 boxes of cookies were combined in 34 cases, all of which were stolen from the garage, WCCO reported.
The Sheriff's office is still investigating the burglary, Fox9 reported.

Earthquake Strikes Shores of Japan

An earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude struck Japan's Ryukyu Islands Saturday morning.
At 5:31 a.m., or 2:31 p.m., Friday CST, the earthquake shook people on the Okinawa Islands for 15 seconds, CNN reported. It was centered about 53 miles from Okinawa.
Japanese officials have not reported any casualties or major damage so far, the New York Times reported.
The Meteorological Agency initially predicted a tsunami of up to 6 feet and warned residents to stay away from the shores, the New York Times reported. They later, however, lifted this warning when no signs of a tsunami were evident.
The United States is working on getting damage and casualty reports, but commanders have heard nothing so far, CNN reported.

Hurricane-Like Storm Bashes Northeast

A major storm made its way across the Northeast on Thursday, causing heavy rain and snow over many states.
The storm drenched New York City with rain and dropped over two feet of snow on Albany, New York, CNN reported.
Blizzard-like conditions caused power outages in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and are expected to cause more outages as the storm lingers over the Northeast for the next few days, CNN reported.
Record snowfall could be seen in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, as they could see up to 30 inches of snow by the weekend, CNN reported.
The storm has also caused many flight delays at the major airports in the Northeast, the New York Times reported.
With Hurricane-like winds of up to 50 mph, a winter storm warning is in effect until Friday evening, CNN reported.

Chaska Football Coach Charged with Theft

A former dean and head coach of the Chaska High School football team was charged on Wednesday with stealing thousands of dollars from the school district, WCCO reported.
Phillip Link, 53, was charged with stealing $7,600 from the school district, Carver County Attorney Jim Keeler said to the Star Tribune.
An investigation by the county attorney's office accused Link of invoicing vendors more than once for the same services, the Star Tribune reported. It also accused him of not paying his assistant coaches as much as he billed the district for.
Many students were surprised with these accusations, WCCO reported.
"I thought it was a lie. He was too good of guy to even think that would happen," Steven Stern, a sophomore at Chaska High School, said to WCCO.
Link resigned from his coaching job in January and is scheduled to appear in court on March 12, WCCO reported.

Driver kills 21-Month-Old Son in Driveway

A 21-month-old boy was killed on Sunday when his father struck him with his car in a driveway in Maplewood.
The boy was playing with his eight-year-old brother in the family's driveway on the 2500 block of Nemitz Avenue when the boy was struck, WCCO reported.
Paramedics rushed the boy to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Fox9 reported. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The boy's 40-year-old father, whose name has not been released, was the only person in the car when the boy was struck, WCCO reported.
Authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor in the incident, Fox9 reported.
The Maplewood police and the Minnesota State Patrol are investigating the incident, Fox9 reported.

Analysis of Spot/Follow

I will be analyzing a story on WCCO.com about a bomb threat at Hopkins High School.
The leads in the two stories are slightly different. The lead in the second story says the exact times of the series of events that took place; the second lead is much more specific.
The main news is summarized about the same. Each story says the important details first. The second story is a little more specific though.
The second story advances the news by telling the story the story in a more specific manner. Also, the second story has a quote from a person who works at the high school, which adds more color to the story.
I do not think the second story is a response to another news organization's story; there is nothing in the story that indicates it is in response to another organization.

Janikowski Becomes Highest Paid Kicker in NFL History

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski and the Oakland Raiders agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal on Tuesday, making Janikowski the highest paid kicker in NFL history.
The team has not announced the signing yet, but someone familiar with the contract reported the deal, the Star Tribune reported.
Janikowski had the best season of his 10-year career in 2009, making 26 of 29 filed goals, the Star Tribune reported. His only misses came from 45, 57, and 66 yards.
Janikowski was also drafted in the first round in 2000, becoming the first specialist to be drafted in the first round in 21 years, the Star Tribune reported.
This record-breaking deal set a new bar for the free-agent kicking market, the New York Times reported. Teams might be more inclined to give kickers higher salaries, especially with an uncapped salary year in 2010.


Machu Picchu Set to Reopen in April

Peruvian officials expect to reopen Machu Picchu to tourists on Apr. 1, the government said.
The ancient city has been closed to tourists due to heavy rain in January that blocked the only railroad to the city, the New York Times reported.
Peruvian officials were forced to evacuate more than 1,000 tourists with helicopters back in January, CNN reported.
Authorities said that seven people died and 2,000 homes were ruined as a result of the heavy rain, CNN reported.
Around 600,000 tourists visit Machu Picchu every year, the New York Times reported.

Toyota President Will Not Go Before Congress

The president of Toyota said on Wednesday that he has no intention of appearing before Congress, CNN reported.
The president, Akio Toyoda, said this in the midst of an 8.1 million vehicle recall regarding problems with sudden acceleration, CNN reported.
Toyoda's comment also came after lawmakers in Congress pressured him to appear in front of Congress, the Star Tribune reported.
Toyoda said he trusts the U.S.-based Toyota executives to represent the company in front of Congress, the Star Tribune reported.
"I trust that our officials in the U.S. will amply answer the questions," Toyoda said to the Star Tribune on Wednesday. "We are sending the best people to the hearing, and I hope to back up the efforts from headquarters."
North America chief executive Yoshi Inaba will represent the company on Feb. 24 in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, CNN reported.

Bomb Threat Evacuates Hopkins High School

Hopkins High School had to evacuate their students due to a bomb threat Wednesday morning.
Students and faculty had to move to the Hopkins North Jr. High just before 9 a.m. due to the bomb threat, Kare11 reported.
Minnetonka Police searched the high school but did not find any signs of a bomb, WCCO reported.
The police allowed everyone to return to the high school just after 9:30 a.m., Kare11 reported.
School officials said the school will continue classes as normal for the rest of the day, WCCO reported.

U Student Dies in Frat

A University of Minnesota student died in his Marcy-Holmes neighborhood home on Saturday, according to his family.
Police have not confirmed the cause of electrical engineering student Nick J. Owens' death, but Owens' mother, Mary Jo Owens, said drugs could have been involved, WCCO reported.
Owens is mad at her son for making bad decisions with drugs, but said any student could make those bad decisions, the Minnesota Daily reported.
"He wasn't a drug addict, he wasn't an alcoholic, you know, last quarter he pulled four Bs and a C," Owens said.
Owens lived in the Kappa Eta Kappa fraternity house, but was not a member of the fraternity, Owens said to the Minnesota Daily.
Members of the fraternity would not comment on the death, but did confirm that there was a death in the house on Saturday, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Analysis of Structures

I will be analyzing a story on CNN.com that talks about a snow storm expected to hit many southern states.
The information in this story flows smoothly, with the most important and exciting information at the top of the article. After the most important and exciting information, there is a quote from the National Weather Service about the storm. This quote is not very interesting, but it states an important fact for the story. After the quote, the writer includes an interesting peace of information regarding flight cancellations. This part of the article is not needed, but it is interesting and is helpful for many people who are traveling to the South in the next few days.
The ordering of the Information is very effective. As the reader, I felt as though I got what I needed to know in the first two paragraphs. The first two paragraphs also kept me interested in the article so I would read on.
The article could have been written differently, but it did not have to be. The writer could have led with the flight cancellations and focused the story on the flight cancellations.

Earthquake Stuns Northern Illinois

An earthquake shook parts of northern Illinois early Wednesday morning.
The quake happened at 4 a.m. about 50 miles west-northwest of downtown Chicago, CNN reported.
With a magnitude of 3.8, millions of people felt the quake, CNN reported.
"It was really scary. It felt like a train was going by our house," Doug Dupont of Belvidere, Illinois, told CNN. "This is not California. This is northern Illinois. We are not supposed to get earthquakes."
The quake's epicenter was about three miles under a farm field near Hampshire Illinois, MSNBC and CNN reported.
The origin of the quake remains a mystery, The Chicago Tribune reported, but research projects are being put together to determine the cause.


Man Arrested in Connection with U of M Shooting

Minneapolis Police arrested a man on Wednesday in connection with a shooting that took place at the University of Minnesota last month.
Police arrested the 21-year-old man in his front yard in Minneapolis for probable cause of aggravated robbery and took him to the Hennepin County Jail, Kare11 reported.
The man, however, was not held for the shooting that took place at the university on Jan. 25, WCCO reported.
Three students were robbed and one student was shot near a dorm at the university.
Police are still looking for more suspects involving the shooting, WCCO reported.

Woman Found Dead Near Mississippi River

A woman was found dead Wednesday morning near the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.
The woman, who has not been identified, was found at 6 a.m. at 45th Street and Edmund Boulevard, Kare11 reported.
This neighborhood is usually quiet and safe, Jerry Casey, who has lived in the neighborhood for many years, said to WCCO.
"My first thought is that somebody drove by and dumped the body. I certainly hope that its not any of my neighbors, but I don't know what to think," Casey said to WCCO.
The Hennepin County medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy on the woman to try to discover the cause of her death, WCCO and Kare11 reported.

Fatal Avalanche Slams Afghanistan

An avalanche in northern Afghanistan killed at least 166 people and injured at least 100 more on Monday.
The avalanche occurred at the Salang Pass, which is a key road that connects Kabul to northern Afghanistan, MSNBC reported.
Afghan rescuers responded to the scene and are still trying to dig out people stuck in buried cars, CNN reported.
Although the snow has been cleared from the road, snow-filled and abandoned cars are still stranded along the road, making 3.5 miles of the road impassible, MSNBC reported.

Honda Recalls More Vehicles to Fix Airbag Problem

Honda announced on Tuesday that it is recalling 378,000 U.S. vehicles due to faults in the driver's side air bag.
The airbags in many of Honda's vehicles may expand with too much pressure, which can cause serious injury or death, CNN reported.
The recall effects 2001 and 2002 Accords, Civics, Odysseys, CR-Vs, and some Acura TLs, the New York Times reported.
This recall is an expansion of a July 2009 recall that set out to fix 440,000 Honda vehicles with the same problem, the New York Times reported.
This problem has already led to one death and 11 injuries, the New York Times reported.
Honda also had to recall 646,000 vehicles worldwide for a different problem in 2007 and 2008, after a fire hazard involving a window switch caused a death in South Africa, CNN reported.

Analysis of Attributions

I will be analyzing a story from CNN.com about five people who died in a power plant explosion in Connecticut.
This article used many sources, including "local officials," the mayor of the city, the deputy fire marshal, the governor, the local hospital's website, an ER physician, a hospital spokesman, the Connecticut state police lieutenant, the plant manager, a citizen who lives 10 miles from the plant, and another local resident.
The sources are scattered throughout the story. Some of the sources are used at the beginning of the article and then again at the end of the article. Also, the sources that explained reactions to the disaster, rather than facts, were used at the end of the article.
The information for the story came from two types of sources. Most of the sources were from people; however, one of the sources - the hospital's website - was a digital source.
The reporter set up the attributions by saying the information given by the source and then saying the source of the information. Sometimes, however, the reported uses the attribution in the middle of the sentence. The reporter did a good job of setting up the attributions because the reporter made the story an easy and smooth read. It was never confusing as to what sources gave what information.

Surprise Winner Brown Sworn into Senate

Republican Scott Brown was sworn into the Senate in Washington on Thursday, replacing the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Vice President Joe Biden, as president of the Senate, conducted the ceremony in the Senate chamber, the New York Times reported.
Brown, who was elected in the special Jan. 19 election in Massachusetts, thanked voters after the ceremony and said he will "try to learn and grow and do the very best job I can on a day-to-day basis," CNN reported.
Brown's presence in the Senate now brings the total number of Republicans to 41, meaning the Democrats can no longer shut down Republican filibusters by themselves.
Brown's victory came as a surprise as he became the first Republican from Massachusetts to be elected to the Senate since 1972, CNN reported.

Baptist Church Group Charged With Kidnapping in Haiti

Members of a Baptist church group from Idaho were charged with child kidnapping and criminal association in Haiti on Thursday.
The charges came after Haitian prosecutors accused the group of trying to illegally move 33 Haitian orphans last Friday to a Dominican Republic orphanage, the New York Times reported.
Members of the group and of the group's church said the group is innocent and that this whole case is just a large misunderstanding, the New York Times reported.
The leader of the group, Laura Silsby, said the group had come to Haiti to rescue orphans from the Jan. 12 earthquake, the New York Times reported. "Our hearts were in the right place," she said.
Many of the 33 children, however, had at least one living parent. Some of the parents said they were told the group was taking the children to the Dominican Republic just to educate them and that the children would be able to return to Haiti, the New York Times reported.
The group will go in front of an investigative judge in Haiti, where the judge could free them or hold them for further hearings, Haitian Deputy Prosecutor Jean Ferge Joseph told MSNBC.

Vikings' Harvin is Best Rookie

Vikings Wide Receiver Percy Harvin was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year on Thursday.
Harvin beat out five other nominees, including Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews and Baltimore Ravens' Michael Oher, WCCO reported.
Harvin finished the 2009 season with 2,081 combined yards, ranking second in the NFC, NFL.com staff reported.
Harvin became just the second player in Vikings history to win the award, WCCO reported. The first was Running Back Adrian Peterson, who is currently one of Harvin's teammates.
Harvin won other awards this season as well, including Pro Football Weekly's Offensive Rookie of the Year and the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year, WCCO reported. He was also named to the Pro Bowl.

Man Trapped Inside Grain Bin

A Farmington man became trapped inside a large grain bin Thursday morning.
The man, who has not been identified, was moving corn when some grain inside the grain bin shifted and trapped him, Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist said to WCCO.
Rescuers from Farmington and surrounding areas are attempting to rescue the man, the Star Tribune reported.
The man is conscious and breathing and is able to communicate with rescuers, WCCO reported.

Palin Demands Firing of Chief of Staff Emanuel

Sarah Palin called for President Obama to fire his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, on Tuesday.
Palin called for his firing after Emanuel referred to liberal groups who attacked Obama's health care plan as "F-ing retarded," CNN reported.
Palin said this type of language is unacceptable and it is offensive to those with disabilities, CNN reported. She later said this is like calling an African American the "N-word."
Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver is also offended by Emanuel's language and has written a letter to Emanuel asking him to join a campaign to end the use of the word "retarded," CNN reported.
Emanuel recently apologized for his comment and expressed his regret to Shriver, the New York Times reported.
There are currently no reports on the status of Emanuel's job.

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