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Analysis: multimedia options

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CBS and Fox News have very similar multimedia options offered on their webpages. Both are active on Twitter and Facebook, and offer radio, podcasts, and video of their content. CBS also has a YouTube page that viewers can follow, if they so desire.

The multimedia outlets, Twitter and Facebook, compliment news stories by providing a means for the corporations to get the main aspects of the news out to the general pubic. They allow for a short, informative synopsis of the news to be presented, which will hopefully draw the viewer to their site in a quest for the more detailed information. The video options highlight the main aspects of a story and put a identifying face to the person or location that the news is referring to, if any.

The writing accompanied along with these multimedia options is short and accurate. It is a lot of information compressed into a small space. The point of a tweet or Facebook status is to inform/update the reader on the news without bogging him/her down with the less critical information.

The lead of the article, "Body of missing Canadian woman, 21, found in water tank on Los Angeles hotel roof,"published by New York Daily News, focused primarily on when and where the body of the missing Canadian woman, Elisa Lam, was found.

The lead of the article, "Elisa Lam Autopsy Yet To Determine Cause Of Death," published one day later by the Huffington Post, proceeded to focus primarily on the why and how of the situation. Starting with the fact that the autopsy of the woman's body did not reveal the cause of death.

The fact that the body was found in the water cistern of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles was secondary news. The main news was summarized in a very short sentence, assuming the reader has already read the backstory of this particular event.

The second story advances the news by building off the information in the first article. The Huffington Post reiterates the situation only once, and then proceeds to add the new information and update the reader on the most current advances in the situation.

Analysis: Meteor explosion in Russia

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The progression of information in the NBC news article, "Nuclear-like in its intensity, Russian meteor blast is the largest since 1908," appears to roughly follow the inverted pyramid format.

The story begins with the lead, which addresses the what, where, and when pertaining to the incident. The authors then progresses to the next paragraph where they reiterate what happened in more detail and throw in quotes from witnesses. They also provide links to videos of the meteor explosion above Chelyabinsk, Russia. After multiple quotes of residents reacting to the incident and describing the general hysteria that took place afterwards, the stories details get narrower in the following paragraph as the authors describe the dimensions of the meteor itself, and other qualitative facts about the situation. Including when it exploded, how close to the ground it was, its velocity, its weight, and so forth. The article then got into the after mass of the meteor explosion. Touching on the injuries sustained, the buildings damaged, and noting that there were no serious consequences so far. The authors ended the article including more reaction quotes and a fact about NASA discussing strategies for developing an asteroid early warning systems. I think the format of this article made the shish kabob example for modeling stories more clear. It spaced out the facts of the incident between reaction quotes and background information; similar to the order meat and vegetables are interspersed on a kabob. Sources were never clumped to one part of the story and it was well attributed.

The order of information is done effectively in this article. It started with what initially drew the reader in to click on the headline: what happened and where. The details get more specific and less relevant as the story progresses, which is expected in a well-written report.

Analysis: France action in Mali

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In the BBC news article, "France action in Mali is real war, says Le Drian," there are three main sources that the author draws information from. There are a few direct quotes and other facts or events are paraphrased, both followed by an attribution. Two sources were directly named: Le Drian, who is a french politician who is in Gao, Mali and Mamadou Moussa Ba, who is a BBC producer also in Gao. They, as sources, were named because they are prominent, important individuals who served to provide first-hand, eyewitness reports of the conditions in the war zone. The sources that are unnamed, such as the government spokeswomen, provided more supporting facts and the information was often paraphrased as opposed to a direct quote.
The sources were not clustered together, as not to overwhelm the reader and cloud the facts with attributions. Although all the information was properly attributed it was in a well spaced, organized fashion. The reporter uses the word said to attribute most of the information, it effectively and concisely acknowledges who each bit of information came from.

Analysis: controversial beating in Egypt

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In the Los Angeles Times article, "Victim sides with police after video shows naked beating in Egypt," the author makes a deliberate choice to craft the lead in an informative, yet simple style.
The lead included the who, what and where of the story while not being too specific on any which area. It addressed that a man (unnamed) who was stripped of his clothes and beaten in Egypt raised controversy when he appeared on television and accused protesters, not the security forces, of assaulting him.
This lead was more detailed oriented on the victims' response after the attack, rather than when the attack occurred. The reporter chose this approach because the angle of this story was not about the fact that the attack occurred, but rather how the victim responded to it. There is suspicion that the Ministry of Interior intimidated the man into exonerating police when he appeared on TV. In order to make this the clear purpose of the story, the author eliminates minor details like when the attack occurred to take the focus away from the act itself and directing attention towards this suspicion.

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