Monday, October 13, 2008

Man charged for rape of Towson U. student

A 24-yr.-old man has been arrested by Baltimore County police and charged him with kidnapping and raping a student at Towson University on October 6.

Ian Murphy is charged for raping a 21-yr.-old woman. He attacked her while she was unloading groceries from her car at about 1 a.m. in the 7900 block of Knollwood Road. Murphy forced the woman to walk to the 7600 block of Knollwood Road, took her behind a bush and then assaulted her.

The woman called the police after the attack. She was treated and then released from Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC). She wasn't able to give good details about her attacker but investigators recieved information from "concerned citizens" and obtained a warrant for his arrest. Towson University police sent out an e-mail notification to all students, faculty and staff describing this incident.

Murphy was charged yesterday for first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense and kidnapping. He was denied bail and then taken to the Baltimore County Detention Center. Murphy is scheduled for a bail review tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A "Cold" Hearted Mother

The Inverted Pyramid style of writing includes the lead at the beginning and details are arranged from most important to least important. This style of writing shouldn't include suspense or leave the writer confused.

The story I found was located on the front page of the Baltimore Sun,,0,5824525.story?page=1. A Calvert County woman came forward about having two of her adopted daughters remains in the freezer. She was accused of abusing her own 7-yr.-old daughter, who was found walking in the street bare-foot Friday night. Police said the girl showed signs of neglect and abuse and are unable to identify the remains of the two girls, who were 9 and 11 yrs. old, until autopsies are performed. The mother was ordered held without bond earlier this morning. The lead in this article says, "LUSBY - A Calvert County woman accused of abusing one of her three daughters was ordered held without bond this morning after police investigating the case found human remains in the woman's basement freezer, authorities said." It gives the 5W's and 1H and it's straightforward. The most important details are stated in this first sentence. The second sentence gives the name of the mother, her age and states that one of the daughters was found walking around. Then the next two paragraphs goes on to tell what the police said and found. Later on in the article it describes the mothers background and also gives quotes from neighbors.

Books in Baltimore

For my article, I decided to cover the Baltimore Book Festival, which is located in Downtown Baltimore at Mount Vernon Place. The event is from Friday, September 26, 2008 until Sunday September 28, 2008.

I already know from the Baltimore Sun, that many authors will be there showcasing their works and also reading them. There will be performances from local bands, food and games. Since this is a broad topic to write about, I have decided to focus in on the children's section of the festival. I will try to ask questions about how long the bookfair has been around, do the people in charge of the childrens tent see a lot of kids, what is their perspective of the book fair do they think it will make people in the Baltimore comunity more interested in reading and other questions. I will pay attention to how many kids I see there, what kinds of activities are offered to kids and are the kids participating and how the adults get kids to participate in the activities.

Concise Headlines

The first headline I chose was Charnay's. Her headline about the University system was concise, and straight to the point. "Struggling economy impacts the UMS's decision to freeze hiring affecting all faculty and unfilled positions" It tells the who, the what and the where. She also gives a link to where you can read the whole story. Her headline makes you want to read the rest of the story. Check out Charnay at

The other headline comes from Brian Wright. I loved his first headline which read,"Spidertown?" Tigers lose, 45-14 to Richmond." It makes you want to no more. It makes you stop and think.....spidertown in tigertown!? Huh!? The next one says, "Towson fumbles a victory in a turnover battle allowing Richmond to take advantage of Tigers miscalculated plays." The word "battle" lets you know that it was a tough game and "misculated" means that the Tiger's definetly have work to do. These adjectives were very good and he also used the 5 W's. You can read more about Brian at

The last headline that I liked came from Gillian Grandison. She talked about Towson's new recycling program. "Towson goes Green with Recycall; a recycling program that offers single stream recycling to students." It gives the 5 W's and it also lets the audience know wha Recycall is. You can look at Gillian's other news headlines at

Inside the Press

Towson Falls to Richmond, was the name of the article found in this past Sunday's Baltimore Sun. Towson University's football team lost to Richmond, the defending CAA champions, on Sunday, Sept. 13th. I think this article is original reporting because of this quote: "It all came down to turnovers," Towson coach Gordy Combs said. "We kept turning the ball over on their side of the field. You can't beat a quality team like Richmond making those kinds of mistakes." Also to give this type of deatil about the football game, I think the reporter had to be there, because the details are so vivid and they paint a picture in your head. Here's an example the reporter used in the article: "The Spiders, ranked No.4 in the Football Championship Subdivision poll, opened a 7-0 lead by converting Derek Hatcher's midfield interception into an 11-play drive that ended with John Crone's 3-yard touchdown run. The Spiders' second touchdown, at 3:43 of the first quarter, came after Nicholas Battle blocked a punt by Bill Shears, setting up Richmond at the Tigers' 23-yard line." To read more about Towson's upsetting lost, you can read the article here:,0,2943719.story
Press Release

On Sept. 13th, 2008, the Baltimore Sun featured an article about Walgreen Co. making an offer on Sept. 7th, 2008, to buy Long Drug Stores for $.28 billion, hoping that CVS would back down from their offer. Walgreen CEO, Jeffrey Rein, wrote a letter to Long's board of directors saying that he preferred to negotiate with Long's, but was also prepared to take the offer to the company's shareholders directly. In a press release, Walgreen had expressed interest in gaining Long's earlier for $70 a share, but never received materials for the company. No further information has been released about the Walgreen buying Long's. You can view the full article here:,0,1146767.storyI think this article is a press release because the article says that Walgreen disclosed information in a press release and nobody was interviewed for this article.

Original Reporting

Summary Leads and Short Reports

A summary lead is one sentence that sums up the whole article and that also can grab your attention to make you want to read the rest of the article. Leads are usually declarative sentences that contain a subject followed by a verb. A short report is two or more sentences use to sum up a story when there is a lack of time, space or information. Bulletins, E-mail alerts, Crawlers and Newspaper briefs are all examples of short reports. These examples are usually short and get straight to the point about the story.

An example of a lead I found was at The article is called, City raids yield arrests, heroin. I believe the lead for this article is the first little paragraph which says, "Law enforcement officials Thursday arrested nine people -- including at least one police say is part of the city's 'dirty dozen,' Baltimore's most elusive violent repeat offenders -- after 18 federal raids that netted heroin, automatic weapons and bags of cash." Even though it's a little long it has a subject, verb and object.

An example of a brief can be found on the New York Times website at The article is called Bush Said to Give Orders Allowing Raids in Pakistan. I think the brief might be this, "The order allowing Special Operations forces to act without the prior approval of the Pakistani government underscores U.S. concerns over Pakistan’s ability and will to combat militants."

Three Blog Stories

One of the stories on the front page of the online Baltimore Sun is, Fire damages historic Baltimore shopping center. It talks about how a four alarm blaze damaged Baltimore's first large outdoor strip mall. This is newsworthy because it represents some of the news values. It has impact because it affects the people that used to shop there for years. As far as prominence, Mayor Sheila Dixon lives in that neighborhood and said the shopping center, "provides a number of needs for the community." The conflict is people vs. nature. It took firefighters 3 hrs. to extinguish the fires. It happened at around 9 a.m. today, so it is timely and it happened in Baltimore City, this refers to proximity. It has human interest because some shop owners were effected by the fire and they also show pictures and video clips of a shop owner describing what happened and the firefighters trying to control the fire.

Another story I saw on the front page was called, Franchot calls for overhaul of spending. This article talks about how Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is trying to come up with a revenue to avoid a budget shortfall that cpould costs us $1 billion or more next year. Even though Gov. Martin O'Malley raised taxes it's still not helping with household incomes, falling home values, an instable market, and uncertain jobs. This story has impact because it could affect everybody in Maryland, we might have to pay more taxes, more money for food and gas. The article has prominence because it mentioned the Maryland Comptroller, Peter Franchot, and Gov. Martin O'Malley. It has timeliness because the article mentioned that Peter Franchot and other fiscal leaders would meet later today to discuss, "an increase for the state's debt ceiling, which would allow more borrowing for roads, schools and other projects." This is happening in Maryland, so it has proximity.

The last story that i thought was newsworthy was, Bay Bride repairs complete. Lane closings on the bridge began Aug. 26 after corrosions were found during an inspection Aug. 10. The reopening means that there will be less backups and commuters (mainly those from the Eastern Shore) can get home quicker and safer. It has impact on anyone who has, does or will drive on the Bay Bridge. Gov. Martin O'Malley was also mentioned in this article. This event happened on Aug. 26, but the repairs for the bridge was completed today. The conflict was people vs. nature.

Outstanding Portfolios/Elements of Style

The journalist I'm writing about is Drew Tewksbury. He has worked for Taschen Publishing, People Magazine in London, Flaunt Magazine, L.A. Alternative, and National Public Radio. I think Drew Tewksbury carries the same thing that Jared Silfies. He probably carries a camera, a laptop, notepad, pencils or pens, USB cables, a thumb drive and maybe a Elements of Style book. The link for his website is

I think the Elements of Style's book says that Jared Silfies probably wouldn't be considered as a real journalist or one that would be taken seriously. Jared Silfies uses a lot of technology and gadgets for his article or work. The book just mainly talks about usage, composition and form. It doesn't talk about integrating technology and journalism, but maybe an updated version of the book would.