In the news article "OSU president expenses in the millions," there are many data are being used, these include specific number OSU president and the school has spent and where it was spent on. For example, the reporter revealed the total approximate amount that count on the president's expense. "But his expenses -- hidden among hard-to-get records that the university took nearly a year to release -- tally nearly as much: $7.7 million."
Despite using numbers to emphasize the expenses of the president, the writer also reveals about the square feet of the president's mansion to highlight the extravagant expense by the president.
To report such news that contain a lot of data and numbers, the reporter has to have the ability to find data on the online database and the ability to better present the data. So for example, sometimes it is better to use percentage to explain the increase of a number over years. Therefore, the writer should be able to convert the raw data into certain representation that can be easily understood by the audience.
The reporters sometimes would use some tables and graphics to illustrate the story. In this particular news article, the writer include a table that shows the Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee's discretionary spending from Oct. 1 2007 through June 30, 2012. In addition to tell the audience the discretionary spending by the president, a statistic table cited with authentic source would be more credible for the audience.
Link to the article :http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/expenses-of-osu-president-run-into-millions-for-tr/nSGkK/