Article Analysis: “Environment Group Aims to Stop Work on Power Plant”

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In his article “Environment Group Aims to Stop Work on Power Plant”, Tom Parsons reports on two unnamed environmental groups who are asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to order that all work on a new power plant cease until further environmental studies have been completed. This article is written in the inverted pyramid style (nice use of a related term). This style presents the most important information first, drawing readers to the headlines and opening paragraphs, and also allowing the editors to remove content from the bottom of articles in order to meet the space requirements of print media. In the power plant article, all of the most basic facts are presented in the first paragraph. “Two environmental groups have asked a federal…show more content…
This is not interpretive journalism (again, nice use of a term). The reader is left with no indication of how the reporter feels about the protesters or the power plant, and that is the intent. In this style of writing, the goal of the writer is not to explain the issue to the reader or to place the issues within context. The goal is only to present the information in a clear and concise manner that is nearly scientific. The reader gains knowledge of what is happening regarding the power plant, and why the environmental groups are opposed to the construction, as well as what has happened in the recent past regarding this situation. The reader also learns what the owner of the plant believes the issues are, and how they've dealt with the obstacles to this point. There is no commentary offered, no emphasis added to the quotes that are printed. Much of modern reporting tends towards interpretive journalism, in which the writer attempts to explain what is happening, and place the events into context socially or historically. However, it is fitting that this is a story from the Associated Press wire (great point, often what comes across the AP will be the basis for a story developed by a news outlet where they take facts and turn them into a story they want. Nice observation). As is common, this style of writing is formulaic and able to be transmitted quickly and efficiently. According to the text, the inverted pyramid was created so that civil war
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