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Student journalists at Kent State University interviewed Mid-American Conference schools asking for an athletic department budget and breakdown of tuition and fees, according to Kent University. They posed the question, "Why aren't universities providing line-item charges so students and parents can see where the money is going?"

After collaborative research, the students across MAC schools are paying millions of dollars to fund athletics and chances are they're not aware of such charges to their tuition bill. Based on the athletic budgets from schools that were willing to comply, they could total the percent of the budget from student fees. They also took the budgets and recorded the amount paid by students to the athletic department per credit. Of all the MAC schools interviewed, only the University of Buffalo displays athletic fees as a line-item on tuition bills.

Colorful pie charts and graphics are used strategically to attract the readers eyes and educate students with a visual image. Computer programs are used to create a visual picture in the confusing lists of numbers. A video produced by the students highlighted the procedure and conflicts with the investigation. The students also used the Internet to search contact information for the schools involved.

Analysis: Diversity in the Arab Middle East

One of the most serious problems that remains in the Middle East among the Muslim countries is the routine abuse, harassment and even brutalization of women, reported Frida Ghitis of the Miami Herald.

With the war and uprisings in the Middle East, the treatment of women and their role among men is seen predominantly for what it really is. Women are usually silenced and hidden behind their clothing, but lately some women have found the courage to step out and defend themselves. The Saudi Women's Revolution is demanding equality and a society driven by male's who view women as property.

Several examples of women in the Arab news are mentioned within the commentary and allow the reader to view the incidents as stepping stones to a change that may take quite some time. No numerical data is available, but rather accounts of rape victims or deaths made in the light of a suicide by the Arab government.

The 21-year-old student, Leah Rogotzke, is a member of the Advocates for Human Rights Group and a Global Studies major. She has specialized some of her studies to the treatment of women in Arab countries and the cuts that Muslim governments have made to programs that offer support. She is disturbed by the events occurring in the news, but appreciates the efforts to publicize what is happening to the suffering race of women.

Analysis: Number use in story about Southwest Airlines

The use of numbers in the Southwest Airlines article by Star Tribune was necessary and thoroughly planned by the reporter, in order to explain the situation. The type of plane in a numerical value is referenced several times as well as the amount of planes inspected.

The inspection numbers are used comparatively to show the severity of the emergency and how rare of an occasion it is made out to be. The age of the planes, the dates of past inspections, and time frames are all used within the article and offer context for the purpose of the article.

Very simple math was done, if any, by the reporter for this specific piece. The story flowed smoothly and provided numbers that put the emergency into perspective for an audience. Southwest Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration, and investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board all provided numbers in some way for the story.

Analysis: News Obituary for Mike Struck of Cleveland

Before his death, Mike Struck was a public employee for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The sources included in the column by Tom Tevlin, columnist for Star Tribune, include those he worked alongside and his loved ones that he has left behind.

A regional spokeswoman for MnDOT commented on the cause of his death and his work ethic. A friend and co-worker spoke of Struck as a person and the love for his family. His mentor, Brian Lillie, explained the little things that made Struck special and some contributions he made to his community.

The lead used in the column is unlike the New York Times obituaries, but is efficient in the way it is written. Struck's death is used as a positive example of a city worker in a time when government jobs are portrayed in a lazy and overcompensated manner. The first two paragraphs tie in the demoralization of public employees by politicians such as Gov. Scott Walker. His age is included in the third paragraph that describes Struck's death.

In comparison to a general resume listing career and volunteer positions and achievements, Struck's article describes how he will be remembered as a person and the mark he left on his community and state. In addition, his friends and loved ones are paying tribute to him in the memories that they possess of him in specific career positions.

Analysis: Skippy peanut butter recall

In a press release on the Skippy website, the Unilever United States, Inc. announced a limited recall of Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Reduced Fat super Crunch Peanut Butter Spread March 4. The news report by CNN International states many facts from the news release. The product, the expiration dates, and what to do if you have made this purchase are all listed for the readers.

The listing of the exact symptoms or side effects from the consumption of the peanut butter are listed by Unilever in the press release. Unlike the release, the news report only stated that there were no known illnesses.

Where the product was sold is included in both as well as the reason for the recall- salmonella detection. Basically, the reporters main concern is to include enough logistics to inform the readers and possible buyers of Skippy and inform them on the actions that need to be taken if this effects them personally. Any unnecessary business jargon can be left out, besides the facts. The Who, What, Where, When, and Why are the basics to the news report.

Analysis: Multimedia

The multimedia sections of the New York Times and Star Tribune are different according to the content of their main coverage.

Both venues offer slideshows, videos, audio, podcasts, etc. These features provide the reader and common audience with a visual and oral experience into the news. The ability to tell a story through something other than written words or print helps the newspaper to reach its technology-driven audience.

News stories are broken down and visualized by readers to create a more realistic image in their minds. Understanding is usually clearer about the subject when more outlets are offered on the topic addressed.

These writings include short segments of a news article that sum up what is happening in the pictures of a slideshow and then a lead sentence on the bigger picture and the images to follow. The facts are limited and concise, including only enough information to tell the story. Most background information is left for the newspaper articles.

Spot and follows: Twin Cities snow emergency

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Most recently, the Twin Cities metro is experiencing a winter storm that is estimated to bring 10 to 17 inches of snow to Minnesotans.
Today's lead includes many of the storm's extremities such as grounded flights and closed businesses. This is different from yesterday's article that explained what the Minnesota was expecting before the snow actually began to fall. The lead from Saturday, was written to advise those traveling to reconsider with the weather that was on its way.
Today, the article mentions what the metro area is doing to currently remove the snow and what citizens should expect for the next 24 hours.
The advancement of the article basically follows the progress of the storm, but definitely changed after the "blizzard" had arrived. The Star Tribune is the major newspaper covering this storm, although other places are affected by the storm as well.

Structure: progression of Denny Hecker's case

The article containing Denny Hecker's sentencing is full of numbers and potential to become quite confusing to even the the most avid reader.

Dee DePass and David Phelps did a clean effort in portraying the information.

The meat of the article was in the beginning, followed by quotes from Hecker, his family and friends, and his attorney.

Besides the evil that this case involves, the writers made an effort to include opinions of Hecker in a positive light as well.

The reporters also ordered the information in time relevant order. Hecker may have pleaded guilty in September, but the actual sentencing is what the story is highlighting.

Information was presented in the most efficient way when referencing to the possible structures of a news story.

Effective Ohio attributions

Looking deeper at the Ohio fraternity house shooting by MSNBC, there are numerous attributions used by the reported in the Sunday article.
The names of the men arrested were not listed, but important figures in the community such as the University president, the police chief, and fraternity representatives.
Most new information is listed in the first half of the article, but other points are elaborated upon with new sources later in the reading.
Eyewitnesses and people involved commented on the loss, instead of records being searched for past information.
The attributions used are necessary and reveal the impact that it has had on the surrounding community and its residents. No confusion was detected in the facts that were released to the public.

News Lead in story of University students death

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An article grabs a reader if one vital component is available--the lead. In the story by the Star Tribune about the University of Minnesota student, the death of the young man is the central meat of the article. Elements such as the who, what, where, and when are available to the reader in the lead. They are informed on what the story will contain and beyond the first sentence, the details will be listed from most to least importance.
The names and times are general until the next few sentences, where details unravel. The name of the man killed is important, but since he is not know by most of society, his ranking of importance in the article decreases. With leads, their are many different choices but the overall formula is easily followed by many reporters.

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