When the Old is Made New
In Golden Gate Park layoffs, Kelly M. House uses the lonely scene of an emptying park to show readers one effect of our country's financial crisis.
"The whole park's problem is sort of a symptom. California is broke right now, the city is in trouble, there's probably going to be belt tightening everywhere."
This quote says plainly what House was trying to get across to readers. The park had been forced to freeze hiring, adding to the workload of its employees. Here House paints a picture of what could be forced onto the sacrificial altar created by money problems.
Though House finishes with an inspiring quote by an employee stating "the parks will survive," her whole article paints a dire picture for not only these areas, but the state as well. The quote comes off as a either determined optimism or a desperate mantra. And, considering the overlying theme, it kind of works.
In the article, Ethanol Indy Cars by Matthew Baker, Baker takes the choice of one driver to switch to ethanol fuel, and works that into a theme that is roughly: our natural resources are depleting and people should be more responsible. Baker draws a wider audience by not focusing on the tired issue of pollution, but by mentioning Indy cars instead. He also has an interesting lead, that seems to contradict itself and invites the reader to keep reading for explanation. Although Baker's topic is not news even in the greatest stretch of the imagination, it still seems like news, because something small, not really newsworthy happened, and he found a connection.
To find out more about the structure of these articles, read Greta's entry.
Jennifer also discusses the technique of using specfic stories to cover "bigger pictures."