Assignments

#3 News Story

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/11/us/montana-husband-death/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

            Currently, there are many news stories that have to do with the greater parts of our world. However, this news story caught my attention and it happened right here in the United States. The headline of this news story is “Woman accused of pushing husband off cliff returns to court.” If that doesn’t catch your attention, not much other stuff will.

                This story becomes more and more compelling as the reader continues. Apparently, this couple was married just eight days before the death of Cody Johnson. The couple, Cody Johnson and Jordan Graham, had been arguing frequently after the wedding, but decided to take a hike through The Glacier National Park in Montana. The couple was fighting before and throughout the hike when things began to get physical. Cody grabbed his wife’s arm and she brushed his hand away. Later in the hike, Graham was so furious that she pushed Cody from behind and that is when he fell facedown the cliff. According to multiple sources, Jordan’s stories changed were not consistent. She was also seen texting during her husband’s funeral and the only time she cried was when her mother walked into the courtroom.

                This story does not have an impact on readers like a war or stock market news story would, but it does impact your view on humanity. The immediacy of this article is interesting. The incident happened in early July of 2013, but the court trials are in the now. The proximity of this article does not relate, it happened in the USA, but it was not localized in California. There is a lack of prominence in this story; however I have a feeling that Jordan will become a public figure rather quickly. There is an element of novelty in this news story. This is a new idea that the female in a relationship pushes their newly wed off of a cliff. The story is surprising and would never be expected by the average reader on CNN. There is conflict in this story between the married couple, especially because she is a female and he is a man. This story messes with our emotions and makes us lose faith in humanity. This story made me angry and sad at the same time, but I will definitely share this story with others.

#2 The Informer, the Cop, & the Conspiracy

http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/8847

The Informer, the Cop, & the Conspiracy was a very captivating story. The way that it was written pulled me in immediately as a reader and I wanted to know more. The article was organized in a chronological order. At first, the issue is presented to grab the reader’s attention, but then the article becomes more organized. It was important for the authors to write in chronological order because of the buildup and excitement that this style creates. Chronological order allows the reader to know all of the facts while still being engaged in the storyline. This style kept me reading more and kept my attention on this particular story.

The story used a lot of sources throughout the story. There were quotes from multiple people who were directly affected by the actions of the police officers and Martinez. There were a lot of comments from Martinez’s wife as well as one of the felon’s wives, Soto. Having quotes from There were multiple quotes to keep the reader satisfied along with facts. It seemed as if Martinez was featured more heavily as a source throughout the story. He was able to get his story out, while others were mentioned from their testimonial or a past interview. It seems as if the reporters focus on Martinez for a reason. They want to get this story out there and have as much information as possible from those involved.

It was a decently factual story. There were a lot of times, dates, and numbers included which made the story more realistic. Sometimes there are reports that I read that lack this type of writing and it comes off more as a story than a report. The facts help to make the story more alive and to keep the reader involved. With dates and times, you can follow the process that the ‘characters’ went through. Also, using exact numbers as facts allows the reader to share the story more accurately. That way your story spreads between friends and attracts more readers. It seems as if the reporter was sitting in on the court hearing to receive most of their facts. Many of the facts refer to a few of the testimonies. The chronological order also seems to hint towards the reporter being there during the court trial. It is as if they were presented with the information in the fashion of a list. This shows that your paper is a credited source. If there were vague words used in the story, many people may go to another source to find a more detailed report.

There were documents mentioned, but they were not physically presented in the article. The mentioning of them seems to add an element of authority to the story because the reporter thought it was necessary to add that to the report. If it were not in the report, someone may not have noticed because of the other facts. However, I do think that it adds detail to the story. It shows that the reporter at one time was shown this document and it was important enough to include. It would be even more powerful if there was a direct quote or an image of the document. However, there are multiple other facts throughout the story that support the information.

I enjoyed reading this report. It was interesting how it captivated me from the beginning. The author made this serious report into a mystery or an intense story. It definitely wraps you in and keeps you wanting more even though it is a news story.

#1 Media’s Changing Landscape and Challenges.

Media has been evolving and will always continue to. The problem is that change is not always good news for all of the businesses we have around the world. Newspapers have been important outlets for information to many people across the world for hundreds of years. It is hard to believe that small changes in technology could slowly push such large forces out of popularity.

At one time, newspapers were the only way that people could find out all the different types of news. Radio slowly joined newspapers, but they brought a different element to the scene. Radios allowed reporters to add more personality and excitement to their work. Television jumped on the scene and seemed to change the way that people used their attentiveness. Newspapers realized that they had to adjust the way they were delivering their news. Instead of long articles, the news had to be cut into shorter more informational segments. Because of these other elements of entertainment being added to the news scene, people were choosing to look at pictures and captions rather than engage in a long reading.

News was becoming easier to access and subscribers were beginning to get greedy.  Consumers left newspapers and invested in cellphones and the internet. This allowed the consumer to control what type of news they were receiving. You are now able to go to any news site or magazine of your choice. Not only is this easier for the consumer to access, but it gives the consumer a sense of power and a connection to certain reporters. You are not forced to read the same article as everyone else or listen to the same radio broadcast.

The changes in media are even demonstrated in our class’s text book. The text book speaks to the new generation of those who receive news. There are multiple pictures explaining aspects, giving examples, and the layout is also more inviting. There are sections for certain materials which allow you to focus on one part of the reading and then move on to the next. Even text books are moving on from strictly a column of writing to more of a scrapbook page layout. Even major newspapers, such as The New York Times, have changed the way they deliver news. They now offer apps, web pages, and more. That way the consumer is not limited to one type of media intake from that company.

On page 15, the author asks what type of news consumer are you? This section interested me because I was able to put people I have known throughout my life into certain categories. It really showed how much your age depends on what type of interest you have in media. I found that I am a Net-Newser, which is a news consumer that is in touch the most with all of the different outlets offered to receive media. This shows heavily as I am doing my homework on my laptop, reading my textbook on my nook, and listening to the radio on my phone. There are not many more media outlets that I could have connected with.

I do not see the huge change in media as a negative aspect in society. There are all types of changes that happen throughout the years, but losing newspapers is one of the bigger ones. The style of the way people want to receive newspapers may be changing, but readers are still asking for newspapers to be written.

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