December 2, 2007

CAR Analysis

This is the "13 Seconds in August" piece the Star Tribune has on its website. The reports who put this together obviously needed tons of records on whose cars were whose, who died, access to the aerial photo, and had to figure out how to contanct each of these people, or if they had police reports, find those, too. The reporters needed to know how to use and create a flash program to do this, how to take video, and, obviously, how to write news stories.

November 11, 2007

Diversity Analysis

I'm not sure if this story fits the mold, but I think it halfway does. It starts out about a hispanic grocery store in Iowa which urges its customers to vote, and then goes on to talk about the Hispanic influence on elections. The story told me about the Hispanic influence on elections, which I didn't know there really was, and I thought I knew most things about politics, so that was interesting. The story does it though quotes and data, and some observation.

November 4, 2007

Numbers Analysis

This story is about Ford's four-year agreement with its workers' union. It includes information about the new negotiations and how many people are affected by it, etc. The reporters used numbers really well. There was never more than two to a paragraph, and then a couple paragraphs without any. The numbers showed important information. The sources for the numbers are not listed well, though I think he did a lot of number crunching himself, because he has all the statistics of how much percent profit fell and things like that, where you usually get the annual report and then figure it out yourself.

October 28, 2007

Event Analysis

The author used the creator of the haunted house as a source, as well as his own experiences there. The angle of the story was to describe how scary the experience is, without giving away too much detail. It was very effective, especially with splashes of humor here and there. The reporter made it interesting by giving his own experiences and making something that he describes as clearly terrifying also humorous.

October 21, 2007

Obit Analysis

This obituary uses past articles written about the person and quotes from the person himself as sources. The obit uses a standard obituary lead--this person died here and when. The lead does work, because it says right away why he was important, and makes you want to read more about his life. It's different from a resume because it is mostly about his accomplishments, but also about the controversy surrounding his work, and about his family.

October 12, 2007

Press Conference Analysis --> Nobel press release --> The Guardian article

The Guardian, while reporting the facts of the who what where and when, it also included many "why" facts taken directly from the press release. It used direct quotes from the press release to explain why Gore got the prize and why the panel felt global warming was a major issue. Frome there on, though, the article focused mainly on Gore, his position in politics, and his supporters. It also mentioned criticisms against Gore's movie.

October 7, 2007

First Day/ Follow Story Analysis

The first-day story focused on the fact that six children had gone to the hospital because of sharing meth at school. The second story was focused mainly on the girl who provided the meth, and speculation of how she got it. The first lead identified a 14-year-old girl handed out meth during lunch and as a result six children went to the hospital. The second lead focused on the girl pleading guilty to distributing the meth. The rest of the story was about exactly what happened when she gave it to fellow students, how she got it, and what would happen to her now.

September 30, 2007

Structure Analysis

I really liked the structure of this article, because it grabs you from the beginning. The first line, "the Coen brothers are coming home," just made me want to read more. The next three paragraphs are about why the Coen brothers are shooting here and all about my homestate and their roots here, and that's what makes me interested. The next few paragraphs are about what that means to Minnesota and why it will benefit us, but the story wraps up with praise for the Coen brothers and their home state, which makes me proud to be Minnesotan. It's a nice little wrap-up and what I think of as a fun and happy piece.

September 23, 2007

Attribution Analysis

This article uses five different sources, all of whom were named. One source was named in almost every paragraph of the story. All of the information is from people, though some of it could be checked up in the public record. The reporter usually uses “according to� when naming sources, but does it in such a way that the article flows well. The attributions are effective and not confusing.

September 16, 2007

Leads Analysis

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Sept. 13 — The prosecution’s star witness in the trial of the fundamentalist Mormon polygamist leader Warren S. Jeffs testified on Thursday that she was taught to either obey church leaders without question or face dire consequences. –The New York Times
In this lead, the journalist identifies the who (the witness), the what (testified), the where (in the trial of the fundamentalist Mormon polygamist leader), the when (Thursday), and to an extent the why (she was taught to obey church leaders). The lead is specific in the where, because that is one of the most important and interesting details, and also to an extent the why: it’s always interesting and is also crucial to the case the beliefs of extreme religious sects. What’s left general is the who. We know that the witness is a girl, but we don’t know the witness’ name. What’s important is that she is the prosecution’s star witness—we can wait to find out her name.