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Number use analysis

The Wall Street Journal article titled "Consumer-Sentiment Index Shows Improvement", a survey was used to get insight into how consumers feel about economics and shopping. The reporter uses percentages, and index readings to give information about the survey. He also uses one number to help with a fact. Those percentages are what consumers thought about inflation and if it would rise by how much, one was for a duration of time and the index numbers were averages.

The numbers are not overwhelming but the index readings aren't told how they were found and how many people were surveyed. The reporter did not use math at all but these must have just been numbers that were part of the survey that he used to report on. The sources are from the Reuters and "University of Michigan consumer-sentiment index."

John Stuart Ingle Obit Analysis

This obituary followed the New York Times formula as well. The only sources are John Stuart Ingle's son, Jenny Nellis, a long-time colleague at the University of Minnesota - Morris, Fred Peterson, an art historian and artist at Morris, and a Minnesota author John Camp who wrote a book about Ingle and his paintings.

For his factual parts of the article there is no source attributed, and there are parts where he writes, "was known", "was remembered" and such. The lead, since it does follow the New York Times formula is a standard obituary lead. The lead does work since it is so basic, but it's mainly the title of the article that brings the reader into it.

The obituary differs from a resume because it is not so focused on the experience, work and education of a person but rather about what made them so important to the community or just to the people around them in general. A resume is so stiff and to the point, but an obituary gives the person a last time to tell their story and what made them great.

John Stuart Ingle Obituary

Comparisons of two slideshows

The two slideshows I am focusing on are not similar stories but I will look at how they tell their stories.

In the New York Times Slideshow about the Achuar tribe in Ecuador, the pictures show and tell the story of how the tribe is resorting to tourism to keep their culture alive. The pictures show different people of the tribe: children, elders, shamans and families. There are other pictures that help build up the landscape, how the tribe has adapted to the tourist life, and different aspects of the culture that tourists will run into. The captions bring the photos to life and do a great job of describing what the pictures are. The writing brings up a sad emotion for the tribe in how the story is presented.

On MSNBC Today, there is a story about a little girl named Autumn de Forest who is becoming quite an artist. Her paintings are selling for over thousands of dollars and how she does it all by herself. There are videos incorporated into the slides as well as texts and captions. Most of the pictures are of her paintings but there are a few of her painting herself. Because most of the pictures were of just her painting, there really wasn't a lot of the story being told. Seeing as they linked the video to the slideshow, they let the video do the story-telling.

The article from the Star Tribune has three sources total. One is the Metropolitan Council and the other two are Peter Bell and Michelle Sommer who is the president of the union. The sources are scattered throughout the article and there are good full quotes and partial quotes used. A few factual information about pay rate and the history of this negotiation are both based on reports while most of the other sources are from actual people. Most of the attributions are "(person) said", while there is one that is "said (person)" with their title included. There is good usage of partial quotes from one person combined with a full quote following afterward. The attributions were used very well and effective and were not confusing at all.

Analysis: Lead story of the killed pedestrain on Highway 10

The story for the Star Tribune does quite a good creating a hard-news lead. The first sentence/ paragraph has every element except the "why". For some reason a little bit of the "why" ends up coming near the end of the story. The second paragraph contains the much needed details of her age, name, when it exactly happened and more details about the event. Near the end, as mentioned, the "why" shows up and little information about the driver was last.