Chaos reigns as deadly tornadoes slam several states

From reading and analyzing the CNN article about the tornado in Arkansas, I noticed several components that made the story a successful story. These components include the format in which it was told, a contrast between expectations and reality, and presenting struggles caused by the antagonist. In return, the story was very compelling to readers/viewers and encouraged them to provide relief to victims by volunteering and donating money and goods.

 

First, the way in which the story was told contributed to the effectiveness of the story. By showing images of the devastation and interviews with victims made the story appear more believable. Giving vivid descriptions of the sequence of events that occurred also brings the story to life for viewers at home, as well.

 

In addition, there was a contrast between expectations and reality. Showing images of what seems to be a normal day and then switching to images of the storm and damages it caused made viewers feel empathetic with victims. Also, switching between expectations and reality warns viewers that they could have easily ended up in the same situation.

 

Also, showing images of the devastation showed how the antagonist, being the tornado, affected the lives of victims. Through the interviews with victims and describing how they plan on recovering from the situation and what they will do for future plans ahead.

 

Overall, this story gave me a better understanding of good story telling and allowed me to apply what I learned about effective story telling. Through the display of images, format of story telling, and display of how victims were affected through interviews, the journalist was able to give viewers an incentive to contribute to the relief process and spread awareness about the seriousness of tornadoes.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/28/us/severe-weather/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

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