Nut Graphs

Boston Globe

“Public hearing doesn’t solve much for smoky marijuana law”

“Together, the varied testimony Monday at the first hearing of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy reflected the complexities of the legalization measure passed by 1.8 million voters last fall. At the core of questions from lawmakers was how to balance their competing responsibilities: respecting the voice of the voters, while adjusting the cannabis law to best protect public health and maintain order.”

This nut graph was effective because it mentioned who the committee at the hearing was, what is is trying to accomplish, and mentioned the questions that the hearing was trying to solve that made it news worthy.

New York Times

“F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties, Comey Confirms”

“The New York Times and other news organizations have reported the existence of the investigation into the Trump campaign and its relationship with Russia, but the White House dismissed those reports as politically motivated and rallied political allies to rebut them. Mr. Comey’s testimony on Monday was the first public acknowledgment of the case. The F.B.I. discloses its investigations only in rare circumstances, when officials believe it is in the public interest.”

This nut graph was effective because it gave sufficient background information on an extremely convoluted and complicated issue. However, it also mentioned a line on the bulk of the story and mentioned that the F.B.I only discloses information like this in rare circumstances, which gives the story news value.


“House Leaders Seeking Health Care Votes Eye New York Republicans”

“The move — one of a number of late changes designed to gain more votes — would affect New York State only. It could save county governments outside of New York City $2.3 billion a year. But it could shift costs to state taxpayers or deny New York that same total in matching federal aid if the state continues to require those counties to contribute to the cost of Medicaid. Upstate New York Republicans, backed by local government officials, pressed for the measure over the angry opposition of New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew M. Cuomo.”

I liked this nut graph because it mentioned both the positive and negative affects of the particular bill. The rest of the article goes on to compare the pros and cons of shifting Medicaid costs from New York’s counties to its state government, so this paragraph and the beginning gives the reader a good idea of what is going to come later on.


About Jillian Wrigley's Boston Globe Review

Studying Journalism and Business Administration at Northeastern University
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