Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Collar Bomb!

An austrailian women was finally freed after having a bomb attached to her neck for about ten hours. A mesterious man who she claims shes seen before, came into her Sydney Australia home and placed a bomb around her neck. She called the police and they carefully removed the bomb from her neck. She was sent o the hospital for examination. Her house was also examined, looking for clues to bring them closer to finding the man who did this horrible thing.

This story can be found in many news sources including BBC news, USA Today and the New York Times. It is interesting to see how each news source tells the story. One source might focus on a certain part of the event that another source might not find important. The article found on The NY Times and USA today websites have videos, which show the scene and tell the general story, and then the details of the story were written under it. BBC news had the whole event written, with some pictures in the article. Seeing the actual event on video helps the reader visualize the event.

Unlike the NY times and BBC news, USA Today explained in detail the background of the victims family, who her father is and what business he is involved in. "Her father, William Pulver, is chief executive of Appen, which provides the speech and language technology found in most automated telephone centers and car navigation systems...."[1]. The NY Times just states that "the Pulver family is among the who's who of Sydney society, a well - respected and well-connected multi-millionaire family”[2], but does not go into to the detail of what the victims father does. Knowing the specific background of the people involved in an event helps the reader connect with the victim and understand who they are. Maybe the reader can relate to victim on some level after knowing this information.

Sky News, USA Today and Daily Mail briefly explain what the man with the bomb says to the victim. He threatened her and told her that she may not to give out too much information about him to the police. “He indicated he had planted listening devices and said unless she was limited in what she told officers, he would remotely detonate the bomb”[3]. BBC News and the NY times do not even mention this piece of information, which I think is very important. This victim could be holding back on information out of fear.

Reading this story from 5 different news sources I now feel like I got the full story. Each news source told the story but each one emphasized different pieces of information. Some even left out pieces of information. The first source that I read the story from was BBC[4] news and I thought I had the full story but after reading it 4 more times from different sources I learned a lot more about the event than I would’ve known with just reading it from BBC. I liked the article in Daily Mail[5] the best. The article was very clear and easy to understand. BBC news and Daily Mail are both news sources from the UK.


  1. This story blew my mind! I can't believe someone would be so cruel as to strap a bomb onto another person's body. I find it interesting that BBC News and NY Times failed to mention the threats and warnings that the bomber told the woman; especially since NY Times and BBC are considered very reliable news sources. I agree that in a delicate situation such as this one, the victim may be reluctant to reveal information out of fear for their safety. When researching a new story, I too appreciate when there are videos added to a web page; I feel that they provide a brief summary of the event before jumping into the details of the story.

  2. This story is shocking and I feel really bad for the young girl, I feel bad that she had to hear and see her most terrifying moment written and spoken all over the news. The media focuses on stories it thinks it's audiences will find shocking and scandalous,but what about more important things like people starving in Somalia? Notice that not one post is about the current famine in Somalia. I wanted to write my post about the UN declaring an official famine in Somalia, but USA Today did not cover the story. I find it sad that so many people are interested about socialites and celebrities, yet not many people are interested in important issues that need to be dealt with around the world.