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Leaky pipes caused Milwaukee's poorest residents to disproportionately use water resources, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Reporters utilized mean and median and cross-referenced income levels across the city. The 10 single-family households which used the most water were all low-income homes and most or all of them had leaky pipes, according to city data.

The zip codes with the highest water usage were cross-referenced with those that track income levels, and were found to contain 15 of the lowest 20 income tracks.

Use of spreadsheets were necessary for producing this report.

Analysis in Chinese miner story

My analysis is on a story in which 29 Chinese miners died, according to the CNN.

The person more familiar with the cultural heritage is my roommate from last year, Yang.

The report did not get into any stereotypes because it was concise and very fact-based. The writing was very tight and strongly attributed.

There were no quotes, no observations, the report was based strictly on releases from the state, and the journalist made that clear. Yang had no positive or negative reaction and said the story was absent of stereotypes.

Yang is a student at the U of M studying sociology and living at Dinnaken apartments in Minneapolis.

Numbers in Pavano story

Joe Christiansen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune used numbers in his recent story on possible free-agent-to-be Carl Pavano.

At its core, baseball is a numbers game. Christiansen analyzed pitchers of similar age across the league to try to find a comparable possible contract for Pavano.

He analyzed Pavano's ERA, innings pitched, and win-loss record over the last six years to provide a realistic gauge of Pavano's worth.

Finally he told provided the numbers for complete games across the league for the 2010 season -- Pavano was second -- and relayed it's importance because those seven complete games and 221 innings pitched came on an otherwise-young pitching staff with injuries and slumps throughout the season.

Obituary in New York Times

The New York Times did an obituary on quiet legend Artie Wilson, a former shortstop from the Negro League.

They sourced his wife, Dorothy, and used a standard New York Times lead. The lead is successful because it explains the relevance to this man's death even to those who do not avidly follow the game of baseball.

A resume would simply have a list of accomplishments, so in that sense, this obituary differs because it adds feeling and emotion along with a lifetime of accomplishments.

Slideshows in hiking story

Yahoo news reported that a hiker survived six days in the Joshua Tree desert. They did so in a slide show, as did Newser, and the two reports were similar.

Yahoo just ran AP photos without words accompanying the slides. They had nine photos of the hiker at an announcement press conference, and one of him when he was younger.

Newser had a news story about the incident with links to various maps of the park and other relevant information. The story run is the AP's and it appears as though Newser just aggregated some of the maps and multimedia stuff used in conjunction with the story in order to enhance it.

Attribution in Star Tribune's flooding story

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In Sunday's Star Tribune story about rivers flooding in Minnesota, only one source is cited. That source is Department of Transportation spokeswoman Rebecca Arndt.

In the lead, they do not cite her name because it would clutter up the intro. They simply refer to her as a transportation official who "announced more road closings due to flooding." They continue on in the article and reveal that said official is indeed Arndt, and that she works for the Department of Transportation as a spokeswoman.

Each paragraph reveals new information, and all of it courtesy of Arndt. The reporter did their job, and that was listen to Arndt's statement or read her release, and put it into news context. The way she is referenced throughout the article is easy to follow and articulate.

My best guess is that this was a press release from the Department of Transportation or at the very most, the Star Tribune called for a follow-up interview on the release and was put in contact with the spokesperson rather than an official.

Analysis: Lead in a story about American's release

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"Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- A jubilant American Sarah Shourd reunited with her mother in Muscat, Oman, on Tuesday after Iranian authorities released her from a Tehran prison where she had been held for 14 months."

One reason I chose to analyze this lead was the use of the word "jubilant" in the opening. While not incorrect, it's rare to see a word that some may consider editorialized. Not all news organizations would choose to use the word, but CNN apparently decided that it is acceptable in this situation.

There are several items in the lead that make this story newsworthy: timeliness, prominence, conflict and impact.

As far as the "W's" are concerned, the lead contains all the pertinent ones. Who? Shroud. What? Released and reunited with her mother. Where? Oman/Tehran. When? Tuesday following a 14-month stay in prison. The where and when require more information than the other two, and thus are a larger part of this stories' introduction.

Aside from the word "jubilant" (which I mentioned earlier is perhaps appropriate here), the lead is a hard-news lead and there was not a lot of leeway as to what could and could not be included.

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