Digital News Analysis

As president Obamas second term comes to a close, new candidates arise to seize the position. The main runners on the democratic side is former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (New York), businessman Rocky De La Fuente (California), and US Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont). The main runners on the Republican side comprise former governor Jeb Bush (Florida), Governor Chris Christie (New Jersey), US Senator Ted Cruz (Texas), Governor John Kasich (Ohio), US Senator Marco Rubio (Florida), and businessman Donald Trump.

Spring and summer months of 2015 sprouted announcements for both party candidacy. The year of 2016 is the season in which we watch these candidates grow.

The first article addresses the most current news on the Democratic Party as Des Moines register calls for an audit of Iowa democratic caucus due to in inconsistent counts. The second story addresses that Trump remains atop in New Hampshire Republican presidential primary race and who is battling for second.

Not only are these stories about the candidates who are running for president, they are also about the process of running for president. From what I understand about the process of running for president is that each party has its own sets of peaks and valleys but they are all fighting to be in the number one position to ultimately become president. Each candidate on each side goes to each state to proclaim issues that need to be fixed in order for America to become better. The only way to for each party and candidate to know their position among each other is by the ranks be determined by the number of favorable votes they receive.

For the Democratic article, Hillary and Sanders encounter an issue of inconsistent counts because of untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations and lack of voter registration forms. This article only focused on Iowa votes between Hillary and Sanders. In contrast, the Republican article focused on the results of the poll taken in New Hampshire. Donald Trump is in the lead with the most votes and many are fighting for second place. This article focused on New Hampshire votes and Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie. I found that the republican article was harder to follow because there were more people and it was hard to keep track of all of them.

The democratic article was formulated and constructed off of reliable quotes on the Iowa voting matter. This made the article enjoyable to read. It was free flowing and narrative. In contrast, the republican article was full of statistics and percentages regarding the ranking of each candidate by votes in New Hampshire. In result, the Republican article was a lot drier and mathematical based read.

Both articles were accompanied by a video clip reporting on the matter. I think that the video accompanied by an article is a great way to take advantage of digital storytelling.

For my hard news story, I would like to incorporate a little of each writing technique that I found in these two articles such as quotes, statistic and video.


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