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Analysis of Numbers

In the Star Tribune article from New York Times, they report about 5 genes that are linked to Alzheimer's.

There really aren't a lot of numbers being used. There are a few percentages, population number and just a few numbers that show certain rates.

Although there aren't a lot of numbers to help bring out the story, it is still very interesting and the numbers that they do use do bring a certain light to the story.

The article focuses on the death of Geraldine Ferraro who was the first female running mate of

In the AP article about filmmaker Michael Moore's appearance at Madison, Wis., protest, the journalist writes only a few responses from the crowd. The journalist writes that the crowd "roared" and that they "yelled 'thank you'" to Michael Moore. There isn't much audience reaction as I thought they would focus on. They seemed to focus really little on his speech as well, only touching on his speech three to four times throughout the article. There are instances where they use direct quotes with paraphrases and sometimes there are just paraphrases.

Because they only touch on Moore's speech three to four times, there isn't much of the "quote-support" structure that most speeches are written like. Since there's not a lot of references to Moore's speech, there were very few supports. Although the supports kind of worked as a way to remind the reader what the issue was about by touching on the subject of Gov. Scott Walker and his budget bill.

Structure Analysis

The article I chose to analyze is the most recently posted article on CNN.com, that focuses on the reaction of the people of Egypt as they heard President Mubarak announce Friday evening that he was stepping down.

I am using this article because as I am writing this blog, it was released 13 minutes ago and it would be interesting to go back to it once in a while and see how the different paragraphs are moved and where the journalist put certain information. Since it is a short article, this is how it looks when I first saw it:


Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Demonstrations that began with quiet determination on the Internet more than three weeks ago erupted into riotous jubilation Friday evening, moments after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced he would step aside.

Protesters swarmed army tanks that had been deployed to keep order, banged drums, blew whistles and frantically waved the Egyptian flag in celebration. They danced in circles and chanted.

Two men dropped to their knees and began to pray as soon as the news was announced.

"Freedom!" crowds chanted outside the white carved walls of the presidential palace.

"God is great," they shouted in Tahrir Square.

The reaction was quick to pour in across some of the same social networking sites that Egyptians used to help organize the historic protests.

"Egypt -- you are a shining light," one Twitter user posted in congratulations.


It gets right to the point and grabs the reader's attention by appealing to the emotional side. Right now there isn't much information that the journalist has gotten but I can see her adding more to the first or two paragraphs and leaving more of the personal reactions near the end. The lead and first paragraph is right to the point and gets the breaking news down.

Attribution Analysis of shooting article

For the CNN.com article about the shooting at Youngstown State University, there is a very good variety of sources used.

Six different sources were used for this article ranging from people who knew the victim on a personal level, the police, a spokesperson, the Ohio governor and the coroner.

The professional quotes/ attributions are scattered very well throughout the article and some quotes from the police are scattered throughout. However, the two attributions from people who knew the victim are kind of bunched at the bottom and seemed to just be squeezed in for more emotional effect.

The attribution is clearly written and is not misleading at all. It is very affective and the writer uses different forms of attributing instead of using just one style. Most of the quotes are from people but just a few are from public records.

Analysis of Leads

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The article I will be looking at is the Star Tribune one about the driver who died when he drove into a ditch, flipped his car and was ejected.

It recently just updated as I am writing this, but before it was a nice, straight, to-the-point lead that was very clear. Compared to the Pioneer Press lead, which was very wordy and seemed a bit too long, it was very concise and clear. It had attribution and was very nicely written. However, since it has been updated, the lead before did not have the time, while the new updated version does have the day the event happened.

The lead is written well even though there is limited about of information that is given at this time. The journalist does not have an identifier for the person but no information is known at this time.

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