I Spy with my Little Eye A Story-Telling Structure!
I was a bit surprised by these articles. I guess what I was picturing “on-the-spot” article to be is a bit different than what they are in reality. I was imagining the article to focus on the event and what happened there. Neither of these articles do that. In fact, it is not even really clear what prompted these news writers to report on these places. I mean, in the first article, the subject is the lay-off of workers from Golden Gate Park and in the second it is the efforts of race car drivers to cut down on pollution. However, these are much broader topics than just referring to one specific event. The reporter does not say, “this one time, I went to Golden Gate Park ” In fact, it’s not even really clear when or where they got their quotes or did their interviews.
As for the structure of the articles themselves, something very notable to me in both cases was that the article at the end looped full-circle. The articles basically consist of three parts:
1. They began in a positive way
- In the first article, a worker is caring for trees in an idyllic setting.
- In the second, the racer comes up with a way to pollute less while racing.
2. They move to some sort of challenge of problem
- In the first article, the monetary problems of keeping the park running threaten the beauty and well-being of the park.
- In the second, there is the problem that not all racers try to be more environmentally conscious.
3. And finally, they end on a more positive note.
- In the first article, the laid-off employees have such strong “community values” that they volunteer their time to keep the park going.
- In the second, there is the hope that other racers will follow Steve Zadig’s environmentally friendly policies.
This again makes these stories seem like story-telling in a sense. We have the beginning of the story, where everything is happy. Then some problem occurs, and finally there is some resolution.