100-year-old finishes marathon

Alright guys, I think the world has seen it all.  A 100 year-old-man finished a marathon last week and let’s just say it has made big news.  I read an article originally on the msn world highlights–but I soon found traces of this story everywhere.  One of my classes has talked about what qualifies something as news to write about–I mean, how is it that with everything going on in the world most all newspapers (within a given area for local news and widespread for national/world news) write about the sames events?

Well, these are the reasons:

*timeliness*prominence*proximity*conflict*unusual/rarity*impact

I think this story about this 100 year-old hits about all of these categories– this was a rare event that left its impact by inspiring others around the world at a time where we could all use an inspirational story.

Basically, this guy is a freaking bad-A. One version of the story is pasted below but take a look at similar articles posted on the web–how do they format the different coverages to get across a different message? I’m pretty sure whatever article you look at the idea of inspiration and straight-up insane will come across.  Buddy, we salute you!

100 Year Old Man Runs Marathon

http://evilcyber.com/fitness/100-year-old-man-runs-marathon/ –Check out the full story here!

One of my favorite quotes in the coverage was this:

“I have said it before: that I will carry on running, as it is keeping me alive”, Singh told the Toronto marathon’s website.

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Sandra Bullock Bounces Back

Who: Sandra Bullock

What: Laid low for an entire year following a devastating divorce from Hollywood bad-boy Jesse James.  Now stepping back into the spotlight and in a big way.

Why we love her: down-to-earth and humor-full– consistently 

I read this article about Sandra Bullock months ago but the story has stayed in my mind since then.  I will be posting about more current stories from here on out, but I didn’t feel right without including this.  Something about the way Bullock carries herself is inspiring.  Even with the success of her career and the world watching her, she stays true to herself and her new baby-boy Louis.  I found the spotlight in the People magazine interesting because of the way they project her.  The questions and quotes they choose to incorporate from the interview with her personifies her in the light most of the public view her–as a down-to-earth, strong woman.  Bullock is an inspiration and has maintained her composure almost flawlessly before the

public eye; however, there is no doubt this article was well-written to capitalize on Bullock’s respected character.  We, as public, probably don’t know Bullock but for some reason we all feel so drawn and connected to her. We don’t know her on a personal level and don’t know of her struggles, alternate and more unfavorable characteristics. There is no doubt interviews People and other media outlets interview people differs.  Questions and quotes chosen for Paris Hilton would be abruptly different than that conducted with Bullock.  Maybe she is the American sweetheart we all personify her as, and I hope and will remain thinking she is but the way media projects her is just something to think about.  For now, Sandra Bullock, you are inspiring–and we need people like you to keep us believing in the good strong people in the world

(Interview questions, quotes, and article clippings to be coming soon.  You’ll want to read them–they will have an impact on your day!)