Wednesday, October 1, 2008

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.

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