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Analysis: Army mentoring deals bypass ethics law

By Taryn Thomas

This article in USA Today uses a lot of information from records. The reporter would have to know how to access federal records and how to access salary information. The reporter would have to analyze the federal ethics laws and have all the information as evidence to prove his claim.

The reporter would have to have the ability to search online and use different search engines and know how to access public records. 

Analysis: Obituary

By Taryn Thomas

     The obituary of Francisco Ayala in the New York Times sticks closely to the classic New York Times format of obituaries. The reporter used information from the director of the Francisco Ayala Foundation, Rafael Juarez. He also used information about Ayala's books and life as well as a quote from a previous interview of Ayala.
     The lead is the standard New York Times obituary lead. It starts out with the name then lists something notable followed by where he died and his age. The lead works and leads nicely into the rest of the story.
     This obituary differs from a resume because it involves more emotion and tells more of a story instead of just listing off things that he accomplished. 

Analysis: Press Release

By Taryn Thomas

          Gov. Bev Perdue gave a press conference Thursday about the possibly of 20 convicted felons being released with little supervision.
          The reporter for used a the same approach that is used in reporting many speeches.
          The lead features the main point of the speech and is followed by a quote that backs it up.
          The rest of the story then highlights the other important points of the press release.

Analysis: Multimedia

By Taryn Thomas

     Both The New York Times and CNN have similar multimedia features.
     They both have videos and photos available if there is one to go with the story. The New York Times get the video from other news organizations such as MSNBC.
      Both also feature links that you may click on to read past stories on the same subject or relevant information.
     These features do complement the news because it gives the reader more information and gives the reader a visual feature. 
    Multimedia features are attached to all different types of stories. The story I looked at was breaking news because it is happening right now. A boy was supposedly trapped in a hot air balloon. So the stories had the characteristics of breaking news. 
By Taryn Thomas

      The story about a Chicago student being beaten to death is reported in USA TODAY in a Kabob form.
      The reporter starts off the story with an anecdote about a father and how he fears for the safety of his own children.
      Then the story goes into more detail about the actual incident. The reporter summarizes what happened and gives all the important details.
      The story then ends with another anecdote. The reporter did the story this way to show its impact on the community and its affect on people.
      It is effective in showing how people are affected but it could have been done in an inverted pyramid style. The other stories on this incident were done this way and seemed more effective. 

Analysis: 5 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan attacks

By Taryn Thomas

   This article in USA TODAY is attributed well. There are three sources used and they are all named. 
   Two of the sources are clustered in the second paragraph and the third is near the end of article.
   All of the information is from people. All are from people with authority.
   The attributions are set up different ways each time. The reporter starts with the information then attributes but also starts with the attribution and then lists the information.

Analysis: Man's body pulled from Mississippi River

by Taryn Thomas

The lead in this story "Man's body pulled from Mississippi River", reported by KARE 11, is a straightforward hard-news lead.

            It interests the reader and makes the reader want to know more details.

            People will want to know why the man's body was in the river, how he died and if fowl play is suspected.

            The lead uses certain news elements to interest the reader. It answers who (the man), what (body has been recovered) and where (in the Mississippi River near the University of Minnesota campus).

            The where in this lead will be especially affective with students and people connected to the U of M because they will be interested in things occurring near their school.

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