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What kind of articles are in the newspaper?

by Andi Boggs | August 19, 2017

I counted 20 articles in the A section of today’s San Diego Union Tribune. You could break these articles down into smaller groups such as News, Crime, Lawsuits and Tragedies. Crime includes bribery and fraud, and tragedies include terrorist attacks.

So I wanted to find out how much of the front page news was actually news and how much of it were articles about fraud and other crimes in society.

I made 4 categories: Local, News, Tragedy, and Crime. Articles about lawsuits were either distributed to the news group or the crime group depending on the type of lawsuit.

I found there were 2 local articles: 1 about bicycles and another about stargazing; there were 11 News articles about various subjects, there were 4 articles about terrorist attacks or deadly tragedies, and there were 3 articles about bribery and fraud.

I divided each number by 20, the total number of articles and the breakdown was as follows: 55% of the newspaper was actual news; 20% was Terrorist Attack or Tragedy; 15% of it was Bribery and Fraud; and 10% of it was local feature stories.

Part of the reason that we associate the news with being depressing is because a significant portion of it is about either crime or tragedy. My favorite type of news articles are what they call “Watchdog Journalism.” These kinds of articles expose the types of fraud, waste or possible corruption that occurs in local businesses, police departments, or state governments. Watchdog journalism is the best kind of journalism because it brings attention to white collar crime which usually involves embezzling public money and it aims to divert or prevent crimes of a similar nature.






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