Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Wall Street Journal Formula

I found an article in the Baltimore Sun online that fit the Wall Street Journal formula as defined in the text. The article is titled Suburban Federal’s short, sharp fall. It starts with an anecdotal lead. “Getting a mortgage from Suburban Federal Savings Bank couldn’t have been much easier for Samuel Burrow Jr.” The next paragraph continued his story about his problem. The nut graph begins two paragraphs later to tell the larger story. Suburban Federal has been lending money to customers with no questions asked leading to bad debts, and it was seized by the government. Burrow’s problem with the bank wasn’t the first, generally speaking. The rest of the story provides supporting information and quotes. It ends with an anecdote that kind of speculates the future by saying that “the entire U.S. is caught up in it.”

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