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The True Cost of a Wedding Knot

The Royal Wedding spawned a lot of interest in weddings. The over the top, no expenses spared affair was worldwide news. Many people started thinking about their own weddings, or just weddings in general. This infographic shows what the average wedding looks like in the U.S. The average wedding costs just under $27,000. But many people don’t know where all that money goes, or how to avoid some of the higher cost parts of a wedding. I chose this infographic because it shows where money goes in a wedding, as well as all the other numbers involved. So even though your wedding might not look like Kate Middleton’s, you can still have a lovely affair, and one that does’t cost you $48 million.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

I chose to analyze the Atlanta Journal Constitution, my local newspaper . The front page only gave local stories about things like a woman killing her son with cough syrup, 2 local technical colleges merging, and a local murder at a Hertz. The only political story linked on the front page was titled, “Your morning jolt: Before the vote, a Democrat says he’ll turn GOP.” Obviously, the paper aims to give the local readers information about their community, not so much about national or global news. Readers must be sports fans as well, because a large portion of the stories are sports related, there are several stories devoted to baseball, and the first video on the front page is about football, with a link to the SEC eBook on a footer that scrolls with the page.

From what I can see from this front page, the newspaper is very much geared towards a local audience and does not expect anyone other than locals to read it. If I were to analyze a political bias, I could say that there might be a liberal bias, since the only political story on the front page focused on the Democratic party. I don’t feel that the newspaper does a very good job of reporting the important news, at least not on the front page. I know there is more to important Atlanta news than a murder and two merging colleges.

“The Supressed Tobacco Story” George Seldes

George Seldes gives the reader no option to skirt around the issue but instead presents the article using facts. He denounces the media dependence and corruption about tobacco advertising. He even uses several sources for the same fact, such as when he compared The Herald Tribune’s report with the Federated Press‘ report about the diffusion of the tobacco story.

Seldes uses lots of quotations, from doctors and other people important to the story. This, along with the facts he presents, gives the article great credibility. He is presenting the data boldly, not skirting around the issue giving an opinion. He gives tables that present the data and allow the reader to see for themselves that the data supports what he is saying. He does not hesitate to name names of the papers who suppressed the story. Even his phrasing gives strength to his argument: by using the active voice, he gives the sense of being unafraid to put the information out there, giving it an enhanced sense of credibility.





Wells “Lynching of Innocent Men (Lynched on Account of Relationship)

Wells’ lede is interesting and makes me want to read more. I appreciate that instead of leading off her story with the line, “several instances of [lynching] have occurred in years past,” she started with something more interesting. She is definitely not unbiased, however, which is an issue in impartial journalism. She is clearly appalled at the crimes, and wants the American people to pay more attention to lynch law than they have been paying in the past.

The article’s language was informative, though slightly dramatic. The article overall was well written.

The quotes in Miss Wells’ article were very informative. The quote from police was informative, but not very interesting.  I am glad Wells included a quote from Miner, who was a prisoner, and also in great danger of brutality from the public. That quote brings a great deal of credibility and interest to her article.