Author Archives: Rebecca Mill

Infographic Analysis

The above infographic outlines social media use by social media network.  I think this infographic is is useful because an article that outlined this data would be boring due to the sheer amount of statistics and numbers.  However, when the data is organized into an infographic, it makes it easy for the reader (or viewer, I suppose) to pick out what pieces of data they need to (or want to) see.  One website organizes the same data in an excel-style chart.  However, the infographic, while not particularly accurate in the graph styles, gives the viewer enough information to generalize about the different social media networks.

Front Page Analysis – The Huffington Post

I chose to analyze the “front page” of The Huffington Post.  After perusing the front page of the website, I first did some background research on the creator of The Huffington Post.  According to her wikipedia page, Arianna Huffington, journalist and editor of “The Huff,” started out her journalism career as a “conservative commentator.”  She was married to former Republican congressman Michael Huffington.  However, in the late 1990s, she switched to liberal beliefs.  According to the news website’s wikipedia page, it is known as a liberal commentary, however Arianna Huffington  “has stated that its goal is to go beyond the traditional liberal/left and conservative/right divide in American politics and news media” (Wikipedia, Huffington Post.)

The first political article I saw on The Huffington Post was about Republican nominee Mitt Romney.  However, The Huff‘s website isn’t your traditional online newspaper.  Because The Huffington Post is based only online and is viewed as more of a “content aggregator” (according to it’s wikipedia page) and a blog, I don’t think it is fair to compare the front page of this news source to that of something that also has a print edition such as The New York Times or the Washington Post.  I believe the front page of The Huff might not show as much “bias” or “conflict of interest” because their website is divided into ten main sections.  Each main section has several subsections within.  Therefore, it is almost impossible for the front page of the website to showcase an article in each section.

Overall, I don’t think that The Huffington Post is targeted towards either liberals or conservative.  I do believe that it is targeted towards a younger age demographic because of the way in which the news is often presented (slide shows) and it is only available online or on an app on a mobile device.

“The Klavaliers Ride To A Fall” by Stetson Kennedy

In an excerpt from Stetson Kennedy’s “The Klavaliers Ride To A Fall,” Kennedy uses a first person narrative to describe the terrible and inhumane actions that happened on that fateful night.

Kennedy describes each persons movement while in the bus stations.  He goes on to narrate each movement and turn of the cars.  He even goes so far as to give the reader conversations of what the different people were saying through the actions.

By using direct discourse, Kennedy draws in the reader because one feels directly connected to the story.  Personally, I felt as though I was standing in the bus station, sitting in the car, and watching each event as it took place.  The direct discourse reveals a sense of honesty from the speaker.  Knight and Kovach both discussed the merits of journalistic honesty.  I believe one can use Kennedy’s excerpt as an example of how honesty pulls in the reader and makes the article both informative and interesting.

Nellie Bly’s “Choking and Beating Patients”

In Nellie Bly’s article, “Choking and Beating Patients,” the lede is quite captivating because it introduces a lot of things in a general sense.  Because of this, the reader is more likely to want to continuing reading in order to find out the why’s and how’s.  The lede introduces the main character, Miss Tillie Mayard, suffering in a cold environment.  This leads the reader to wonder why this is happening and who the attendants, who are also mentioned, with coats are.

Because “Choking and Beating Patients” is less of a hard-news article and more of a story, there are not “sources” in the way one would think.  Instead, the reader gains knowledge from different viewpoints from the dialogue that Bly uses.  Due to the lack of “sources,” I believe the quotes enhance the nature of the piece.  However, I do not think that they add any kind of credibility to the work.

The style of writing in Bly’s piece isn’t flourished, or even descriptive.  The author uses concise details to get her point across without using any fluff.

Overall, Bly’s piece was well-written, got the point across, and informed the reader.