December 2, 2007

Analysis Blog on Records

In this paragraph: Hidden in Mississippi's real estate law book is language about illegal drug activity that affects the "physical or environmental condition of the property." But not even on the disclosure form that sellers and buyers use, does the law say meth or any other drug activity 'must' be disclosed.

I found the reporting interesting. They really dug deep to find out what the Mississippi real estate law book says about meth and housing. It's interesting that they don't have to say if there was meth in the house before. The reporter found a lot of information to make this story possible and researchable.

The reporter did a lot of good outside reporting by visiting the houses and talking to people about their houses and the history of their house and whether they knew or not if it there was a meth lab used in their house.

The reporter needed to know how to find the research and know where to find this information. I think he did a good job with his research and analyzing all of his information to make a good story.

November 18, 2007

Analysis Diversity
"Spanish TV network to launch 'Survival English' series"

Mexican immigrant makes New Year's Resolution to learn English. He's been too busy with family and work to enroll in a class. However, Azteca American is launching a show called "Survival English" for people to learn the basic language skills for real-life situations.

This article is a good one about diversity because it shows how people are still diverse and even though they are living in America, they still don't know English. I think it's great that they are having this show for them because it is important to know the language that is spoken in that country. I wish they had "Surival Italian" and "Survival Spanish" for people who would like to pick up another language as well.

I thought this was a good quote, capturing the article's point which related well to the diversity.
"Our community will be more powerful politically if they can be more culturally assimilated," said Hector Romero, director of operations for Fundacion Azteca America, the nonprofit arm of the company.

The article also mentioned that the show is hoping to motivate Mexicans to start businesses and pursue education with their confidence in English. They are really trying to make it easier for the Mexican population, which is great on the diversity issue. The story definitely taught me something I didn't know. I think the show idea is great, and I didn't realize that there were people who were living in America that really didn't know English. It must be very tough for them to get around so I think the show is a great idea for them.

November 8, 2007

Numbers Analysis

"While it's unclear where KSTP would place Barreiro in its lineup, pursuing him makes sense for a station that didn't see a great ratings return on the $1 million per season investment it made on the Twins beginning this season. KSTP had a 3.0 share and was 12th in the market among people 25-to-54 years of age from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (when most programming is local) on weekdays in the spring Arbitron book and a 3.5 share and 11th place finish in the summer book."

There are a lot of numbers in this selected paragraph. They use dollars, shares, market ranks, ages, and times. Since they use a bunch of different forms of numbers, the paragraph is easier to understand. If it was all about cost or rankings or age groups I think it would be too jumbled and confusing. I think the reporter did a good job of laying out the paragraph and making the use of all these numbers in an understanding and useful way.
The reporter didn't really use any math to come up with their numbers.

November 4, 2007

Obit Analysis

Death: Randall Forsberg
The activist who founded the nuclear freeze movement and led the largest demonstration against nuclear weapons in 1982

It has a standard lead but they did his age first, instead of at the end of the paragraph.

There were no sources used. I think the lead works because it tells what he was known for. The obituary was very short and only stated the surface information on Mr. Forsberg. I feel they should have included quotes from family or friends.

October 27, 2007

Event Analysis

Guitar Hero is more than a video game, its a pop-culture phenomenon, and the new "Legends of Rock," will be out at midnight tonight.

The news report showcased how big of a game Guitar Hero has become. It's rated as the top gift on children's christmas gifts.

I really liked this paragraph in the Startribune. It shows how big of a phenomenon it has become:
But "Guitar Hero" is more than just a big game; it's also a pop-culture phenomenon. Bars and clubs have replaced Karaoke Night with "Guitar Hero" Night. Real-life rock guitarists have offered their unbridled -- and unpaid -- endorsements and have customized "Guitar Hero" controllers to be auctioned for charity.

The report got me excited for Guitar Hero and I've never even played it.

October 21, 2007

Meeting/Press Conference Analysis

The story was organized well. The reported started off by explaining what was going on and why they were holding the meeting, followed by an agenda of times and then locations and dates. It was a well written and informative agenda.

There were also instructions who can speak and what is going on followed by contact information of people in charge.

October 14, 2007

Follow up Analysis

I will be looking at 2 articles about the Timberwolves. The articles are about the Timberwolves game against the Boston Celtics. The first is a game blog done by the Wolves Reporter, Mike Trudell. He captures the play-by-play of what is happening at the game. The second article is post-game thoughts.

First article:

The first article is a play-by-play of what is going on in the game. It in interesting to see how the game is re-enacted, because it makes you feel like you are right there watching the game. The post-game interview with Coach Wittman is a great follow-up story because it relays the thoughts of the Coach from the game. The second story advances the news because it gives depth to the reaction of how the Coach feels about how the game went. The main news isn't really summarized by it gives you a good indication of what is going on, therefore I find newsworthy because fans were not able to view the game and this is a way they are able to see what was going on.

There is a lead in the first article, summarizing what the article is about. There is no lead in the second article, it just starts off with the interview.

Second article:

October 4, 2007

Analysis of Structure

Story about 14-year-old selling meth to other students at her middle school:

It was a little confusing structurally but I did like that it was divided up in a few different sections. I think they should have put parents reactions towards the top because that is a major concern of their child. I felt like it didn't relay any health problems to the children and focused just on the fact she sold the drugs.

I do like that they have a section on telling parents to talk to their children because I think this issue is very important.

I like how they say right away how the drug was ingested and then give professional expertise as to say that it is an "unexperienced" way to administer the drug into the body.

The Principal's quotes were a little broken up (as in they weren't all by each other in the story) so structurally I felt that could have been aligned better. However, it did go along with the story alright.

September 26, 2007

Attribution Anaylsis

I will be looking at the article about the arrest of two teenage boys in connection with the shooting of Vernice Hall.

I thought the sources used in the article were very good and credible sources. They included: Lt. Amelia Huffman, head of the homicide unit, Police Chief Tim Dolan, Mayor R.T. Rybak, another murder victim's father Guy Jones, and witnesses.

They sources were spaced out well and didn't jump around, other than when she told about Guy Jones' daughter and then jumped down towards the end to quote Jones.

The reporter set up the attributions well by starting with Lt. Huffman talking about what exactly happened then continuing with the Police Chief on his thoughts about what happened followed by Mayor R.T. Rybak on what they are trying to do to prevent his from ever happening and closing with Guy Jones on thoughts of his daughter's death in regards to Vernice's death. There is also information given by witnesses who heard the gun shots and saw that Vernice was shot in the head.

There were, however, a few times in the article where some of the information I was unsure of how the reporter new the information she was relaying. They made statements about crime rates going down but there is no attribution to how they know that.

September 21, 2007


The story about the 17-year-old who was shot only had two sources. One was Sgt. Tammy Diedrich and a police report. There were no witnesses, nothing from the victim. It doesn't explain much and does give much credential to the story. It makes you just aware that something happened but doesn't give any more clue as to if the boy is safe, who shot at him, why they shot at him, or what was even really going on. I think he should have tried to get witnesses or the victim or maybe someone who works at Supershuttle.

I didn't think it was a very informative story.

September 15, 2007

Analysis Lead

Lead: (Star Tribune)

ST. PAUL - Next week, four teams bidding to replace the fallen Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis will learn which has the inside track on a project that could be worth a quarter-billion dollars.">

This lead tells when (next week), what (bidding to replace the fallen Interstate 35W bridge), where (Minneapolis), why (project could be worth a quarter-billion dollars), who (four teams). I thought the news was a straight-forward news lead because it gave all the hard facts. After the lead it continued to explain the story in more detail. I also compared this lead to's lead:

(AP) St. Paul The number of companies interested in building the replacement Interstate 35W bridge is now four after one company dropped out of the running.">

This lead didn't tell anything about the bidding portion and how much it was worth. That seemed to be the main point in the Star Tribune's story. Their story expressed their lead very well. WCCO didn't say when this bidding was happening, what it was really about, just mainly that a company decided to drop out.