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June 29, 2007

Immigrants

The US senate blocked plans to legalize illiegal immgrants. This new bill was backed by President Bush. The bill needed 60 votes to go through, however they were short by just 14 votes. The total votes were 43 to 56. The issue of illegal immigrants has been an festering for quite some time. With this bill failing to go through, it postpones any action on illegal immigration until after the next election or until 2009. Conservative republicans consider this to be a vicotory. If the bill would have passed the senate, it would hve allowed 12 million illegal immigrants to have status in the United States. The Star Tribune has reported on this story. This story was also coverd by USA Today. The difference in the coverage is that USA Today went into more details abouth how the vote went about. The get more into depth about what was happening during the voting process. It also got more quotes from lawmakers about how the vote will negatively or positively affect the American People. For example one quote from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department will continue raids on employers suspected of hiring illegal immigrants. "You will continue to see heart-wrenching examples of families being pulled apart," he said. "In order to regain credibility with the American people, we're going to have to be tough."

I think that USA Today did a great job of getting a well rounded and information filled story. They got all the facts and quotes that captured the feeling of not passing the bill and how postponing any action affects both si

June 15, 2007

Security Breach Story & Unexplained Acronims

Dear fellow journalists, I know that covering anything scientific can be a hard task, but your readers still have to know what you are talking about. The Pioneer Press did a story on a security breech in New Mexico. (Los Alamos National Labratory). In this story however they used LANS, LLC. and NNS. If you are interested in this kind of story, maybe you should know what they mean but I don't . You cannot have a story and not explain meaning. I think that is dumb. Meaning is important and readers should understand the stories written no matter what you are writing about. Aside from that there event thought the content of a story is drab you still have to make an effort to keep it interesting. Thank You.

Security Breach Story & Unexplained Acronims

Dear fellow journalists, I know that covering anything scientific can be a hard task, but your readers still have to know what you are talking about. The Pioneer Press did a story on a security breech in New Mexico. (Los Alamos National Labratory). In this story however they used LANS, LLC. and NNS. If you are interested in this kind of story, maybe you should know what they mean but I don't . You cannot have a story and not explain meaning. I think that is dumb. Meaning is important and readers should understand the stories written no matter what you are writing about. Thank You.

Fatal Shooting Brings up Growing Issue

The Star Tribune has been actively following the fatal shooting of Charez Jones whom at 14-years-old was shot and killed as an unintended target of a gang shooting. I think the coverage of this story has been pretty good, yet there are some things that could be changed. The story never gives you a time or an estimated time of when the shooting happened. Even though this is a follow up story, there still might be people who have not heard what happened and it adds context. The second thing that could be improved is the number of qutotes that are in the story which are very scarce. In an emotionally charged story like this, the quotes add the story. Even if it's a family member or close friend. I think the quotes show how they are coping with the situation.
This story also brings to light a greater important issue which is the growing number of homicides in Minneapolis. I think that if you are going to add this into the story, there has to be more on this. LIke I metioned earlier, a quote helps. They could have talked to a city official whether it is a sheriff or council person that can comment on the number of homicides that have reached 25 since March and what they are doing to combat this growing trend. Or they could've asked residents how they feel. Overall, the story was good, but the coverage could be improved.