Writing with a sense of place in journalism too

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After reading the on-the-spot articles, I found the Golden Gate Park layoffs article to be helpful in getting a sense of how these articles are written.  It described the location well and really made it part of the story.  This concept reminds me of writing with a sense of place as well as the topic of Regionalism in Literature.  This writer really focused on where she was and how the problems were affecting that specific area. 

I like that this type of writing doesn't exactly follow the pyramid form that other types of articles do.  It starts with important information in the general beginning, and then dwindles to the end.  The loose-ness gives the writer more freedom when writing the lead.  In the Ethanol IndyCars article, the writer began with an interesting detail to pull the reader in and slowly explained information-- rather than fitting as much as possible into the lead. 


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Jessie Krehlik said:

Good point about the structure of the pieces. Although I do agree with you, I kind of feel like I would've been more interested in the articles if they'd followed the inverted pyramid, only because I felt like it was jumping around from important information to fun facts, and stuff like that. However, I did think that both articles had a strong ending--that read like a conclusion. Didn't we read a couple of weeks ago that articles aren't supposed to have conclusions? But, I feel like these articles needed those conclusions in order to wrap up their main points about the environment and such.

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