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Apartment Composting

I chose this infographic because it is relatable to those of us living in a Green Village apartment.  My dad is an amazing gardener and we are always saving kitchen scraps to ad to his compost.  I have never thought of being able to compost in an apartment, but this infographic shows it is easy.  The infographic is effective at showing the reader how to make a compost container, by giving details of what you need and step by step instruction to follow.  It also has a diagram of what to put it the compost and what not to put in.    I like the choice of only using three colors the keep it simple and not overwhelm the reader.  It is not overly wordy.  The use of pictures  with short descriptions makes it easy to follow.  The long rectangle shape of the infographic is helpful, because it goes in chronological order of how you would make the compost and then what you need to know next, such as what to put in it.  Tips are given on how to use the compost after it is finished, it would be fun to create compost and use it in potted plants outside an apartment.


Yahoo News Bias

Yahoo News shows a liberal bias in the news stories highlighted and the articles headlines. There are three articles about Obama’s lead in the presidential race, clearly supporting the liberal point of view.  One of the large stories on the front page is about Obama’s “superior operation” in Ohio.  To accentuate the focus on Obama, Yahoo News also wrote an article titled, “You don’t need a Weatherman to know Mitt Romney’s  loosing in Ohio”.  The negative tone when discussing  Romney’s political standing, compared to the positive word choice written about Obama, further emphasizes the liberal tone of the news page.

The article titled “Pepper-sprayed students to get $1 million in settlement” also displays Yahoo News is directed to a young audience.  The page my be bias toward a students perspective, because they are the expected audience.  Some of the side bar stories and videos display the slant aim toward a student audience; “Coolest towns in America 2012”, “Cat saves Ohio Couple from carbon monoxide poisoning”, “Skydiver aims for supersonic plunge on Oct. 8th”.  These stories are of interest to a younger generation.

Yahoo News gives the public factual journalistic stories, yet the stories chosen to cover and the tone of the headlines demonstrate a liberal bias with an expectation of a student audience.


Analysis of “The Klavaliers Ride to a Fall” – Stetson Kennedy

The lede of Stetson Kennedy’s article, “The Klavaliers Ride to a Fall”, catches the attention of the reader because of controversial topic, but I agree with Knight that ” a quotation makes an awkward lede.”  It feels as though the author drops the reader into the middle of the story without any introduction to the topic of the article.  It may have been acceptable to use the quote if Kennedy gave some background information after the quote, but with no explanation it is awkward.

The article continues as a narrative told in first person.   The use of first person is no longer accepted as a form of formal reporting, because of the bias given by the author.  The first person gives the reader the point of view of the author only.    We have no idea what the public thought of the murder of James Martin was.  Or what the pubic thought of the Klan was at the time.  Being such a controversial topic, it is understood why Kennedy could not interview the Klan members, but additional information could have been gathered from other sources than himself.  The narrative style  also takes away from the validity of the article.  It seems almost like fiction because the author reflects on what was happening at the time and has a strong opinion about it.

The quotes used add good details and move the story along.  The only problem with the quotes, is that Kennedy would not have been able to take notes, so he has to rely on what he recollects hearing and seeing.  This creates another problem with his verification.

Although the article is not written in an unbiased journalistic style, the story is very disturbing and important for the community to hear.  Stetson Kennedy broke the principle of journalism to be transparent to ones sources, but he followed the guidelines of Kovach for the most part.  He deceived the sources  in order to gather information he felt was necessary for the community to find out about.  Becoming a member of the Klan was also the only way for Kennedy to discover the specific acts of violence.  The only guideline Kennedy does not follow, is he does not reveal to the reader that he has deceived the Klan or tell why.

Kennedy was brave to pose a member of the Klan and publish the article.  The story is definitely news worthy and has good details, but it would be a stronger piece if it was written in a formal journalistic style.

“Lynching of innocent men” by Ida B. Wells

The lede of Lynching of Innocent Men sets the tone of the article right away.  From the start Ida B. Wells is questioning the Lynch law and is clearly taking a stand against a crime committed by a mob.   The first sentence instantly creates questions in the reader’s mind; “What happened? What was the crime? Who did it? And Why?”.  The following sentences begin to answer the question of what happened, in a way bating the reader to read on.  The lede entices people to continue reading because it is a controversial topic, questions are raised and the beginning of the answer to what happens is provokes the reader to have more questions.

There is no paragraph break after the lede, Wells just jumps right into the story.   The white mob answer the question of who in the first paragraph and throughout the article she explains why in chronological order.  Wells uses short narrative quotes from other papers to explain the several acts of violence by the mob.  Having the detailed accounts told as a narrative adds to the emotion of the article. Wells uses several accounts to make her point clear that she is disgusted with what the mob has done.

Although there are many quotes and narratives that tell facts and details of the crimes the mob performed, there is not a lot of information given about the mob.  The mob is spoken about as a unit.  It is also clear that Wells has a bias against the mob when she speaks about the victims.

Wells voices her opinion of the Lynch Law from the very beginning when she describes “the absolute unreliability and recklessness of the mob”, but for the most part, the article is told in a relatively neutral descriptive tone.  Most of the accounts are facts building evidence of crimes the mob has committed.  The author’s bias sneaks into the writing, most likely because she is passionate about the topic.