Comparison of Yahoo and MSN Article about Missing N.D. Stude

             In comparing the two web sites I found many differences and many similarities. The Yahoo article “Missing N.D. Student’s Body Found in Minn.” states the author’s name while Msn “Body of missing N.D. student Dru Sjodin found” does not properly specify an author’s name. The two different articles had a similarity in the writing style that gives the reader the impression of plagiarism. For example the relationship in paragraphs two through five are comparable in wording. The author of both articles appears to be Dave Kolpack, a writer for the Associate Press.
             Mr. Kolpack recounts the fact that Dru Sjodin’s body was found in a ravine previously covered by a snow bank in Crookston, Minnesota. It wasn’t until the snow had melted that her body was discovered on 17 April 2004. Chris Lang, Sjodin’s boyfriend said he remembers the snow drifts as being five feet high. (para. 9, Lang was the last person to have heard from Sjodin the day she disappeared.
             The difference between the two articles varies. Yahoo and MSN’s article states the alleged killers age, name and residence, “Previous sex offender Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., 51 years old of Crookston, Minnesota”. Yahoo and MSN give information of when Alfonso was arrested and where he is jailed as of today, “December and jailed at the Grand Forks, about 25 miles northwest of Crookston”. (yahoo para 13, msn para 8) Yahoo appears to dig beyond surface deep with information involving Mr. Rodriguez. In yahoo it states the Prosecuting attorney name “Peter Welte” and how a judge order the lawyers involved in this case not to speak with the media. (Yahoo para, 14) Yahoo, Paragraph 15 indicates that neither Minnesota nor North Dakota has capital punishment, but federal laws allow the death penalty for murder committed during kidnappings. MSN is missing the same or similar information in their article.
             The tone of the Yahoo article is more emotional and ...

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