Racial tension simmers on Martha's Vineyard as Barack Obama arrives

When Barack Obama arrives on Martha's Vineyard for his first family holiday as president, he will enjoy the sparkling sea, salty air and fresh fish and clams.

And like others he will probably be unaware of the thousands of illegal immigrants the island relies on during its summer season.
But in the recession, a small army of dishwashers, gardeners and labourers, mostly from Brazil, has created a simmering tension with some locals and amid the ... Full Story »

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Edited by: Fabrice Florin - Feb 20, 2012 - 2:07 PM PST
Jon Mitchell
1.6
by Jon Mitchell - Oct. 4, 2010

This story is problematic for a variety of reasons. For one thing, it's just lazy reporting. The Telegraph writer has just pulled content from other places. For local quotes, rather than calling and interviewing residents (let alone experts), this author just pulls from the comments section of the Martha's Vineyard newspapers' websites. This is obviously an extremely skewed sample of residents, and the quotes exhibited here are inflammatory and uninformative. The biggest problem of all is the lack of depth. This story does little to contextualize immigration tensions on Martha's Vineyard alone, let alone throughout the United States, which is ostensibly what this story is trying to do by mentioning Obama's visit. The reporter ... More »

No wonder the Telegraph hasn't given this story a byline.

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Derek Hawkins
1.8
by Derek Hawkins - Sep. 12, 2009

Worthless. The author pulls from the comments sections of local news websites for quotes -- a worse than amateur mistake. There's also no data behind the story's claims about tension between the immigrants -- where they come from, how many there are, where they work -- and the island's citizens. A better writer could have made this story relevant, but as it stands this adds nothing to any discussion of immigration or race.

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Fabrice Florin
2.4
by Fabrice Florin - Feb. 2, 2011

This is a textbook example of bad journalism. The article is largely based on other people's opinions, rather than verifiable factual evidence; it inappropriately uses President Obama's visit to surface racist remarks and unrelated views about illegal immigrants; and its primary source comes from the comments section of a local newspaper website. I am amazed that the Daily Telegraph allowed this irresponsible report to be published.

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Kaizar Campwala
2.4
by Kaizar Campwala - Sep. 10, 2009

A poor story on several counts. There's no systematic evidence given to understand the scale of the tension described. The reporter appears to be working on the assumption that a significant number of the Brazilians are undocumented workers, with no independent corroboration presented. That the presentation is jumbled and confusing only adds to this story's overall low rating.

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Gin Ferrara
1.6
by Gin Ferrara - Apr. 20, 2011

This report on President Obama's visit to Martha's Vineyard is a bait-and-switch: the beginning of the article, and the headline make us expect a story about the President or the visit, and the tension surrounding it. Instead, it jumps into a poorly-sourced and confusing series of allegations, bias, and anonymous quotes attacking immigrants, with no report from another perspective.

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Kristin Gorski
2.2
by Kristin Gorski - Sep. 10, 2009

The article doesn't inform or enlighten because it lacks solid facts and quotations from key stakeholders. The writing is disorganized and disjointed. The reporter describes a local event in an attempt to explain racial tension on Martha's Vineyard by quoting newspaper editorials from the island and an anonymous Internet comment; this lack of original sourcing makes the article unreliable. In addition, no sourced statistics are included to draw the big picture and give the topic context.

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Stephanie Flores-Koulish
2.1
by Stephanie Flores-Koulish - Mar. 4, 2011

That they rely on seemingly anonymous comments on the local newspaper's website is very suspect in terms of a source. The article also has an abrupt conclusion that turns away from the "story" of the young woman who was killed toward the President's official upcoming agenda. Seems as though the article sought to incite further anti-immigration sentiments.

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JoAnne Broadwater
2.0
by JoAnne Broadwater - Mar. 9, 2011

This is not good journalism because there are basically no original sources. The writer did not interview anyone but simply used information published in another article. Most of the information provided is coming from unidentified sources. The information provided about the auto accident is misleading and incomplete. And a major typographical error in the story that states that "Residents were prepared their name included" completely eliminated any credibility that the author may have had. This is a frustrating article to read because it raises more questions than it answers. I believe that there is probably a story behind this that is deserving of coverage, but that hasn't been done in this story.

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Michael Correlli
1.5
by Michael Correlli - Feb. 8, 2011

This article unfairly centers on an isolated portion of the bigger immigration issue. It's not well-sourced and I often find myself asking "where is this information coming from?" An anonymous posting is not a valid source. The few sources they do use lack credibility. For example, Jon Parkinson is simply stated as a "resident." He is making wild conjectures an accusation which are his entitled opinions but don't have any clout since he is only labeled as a resident. This story also has grammatical errors. I feel as if that is the first thing that should be cleaned up by an editor. I didn't really gain anything from this story. All that I know now is that Obama vacations at Martha's Vineyard and there are a lot of Brazilians there.

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Brianna Carter
2.0
by Brianna Carter - Feb. 24, 2011

The title is misleading and the intended theme is loosely connected. There is little transition from the attention-getting "Obama visits Martha's vineyard" to "an illegal immigrant killed someone in a car crash" (paraphrasing, not direct quote). No experts have been consulted nor have any official, peer-reviewed or otherwise credible publications been cited.

Illegal immigration is definitely an issue, but over time I have become sympathetic to the cause. As a teacher in Phoenix, AZ many of my students were "undocumented citizens" who were able to enjoy the free K-12 education this country affords (one of these former students was here illegally driving a car and hit my car in the parking lot trying to park). But thinking less about my car and more about the future of our country and that of my former students, our laws don't provide ... More »

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Mike Campbell
2.1
by Mike Campbell - Mar. 27, 2011

The articles title and the content have two totally different stories. The article itself has nothing to do with Obama coming to visit the Vineyard, it's just trying to grab the attention of readers to entice them to the article. All of the specifics about the incidents that happened in Martha's Vineyard are not reliable; the sources are mostly anonymous or just vague and you get a sense that you're getting mixed facts from the author. A lot of the article does not read very well, there are a couple parts where you have to stop and re-read because of the jumbled wording.

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Bruce Friedrich
3.6
by Bruce Friedrich - Feb. 24, 2011

It's an interesting story, and one worth telling. But it's badly written, disjointed, and a key element of the story (culpability of the immigrant) comes as a "gotcha," which good journalists shouldn't do.

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Allissa Richardson
2.0
by Allissa Richardson - Feb. 14, 2011

This passage alone was enough to make me stop reading: "And like others he will probably be unaware of the thousands of illegal immigrants the island relies on during its summer season." This is a sloppy lede based on an even sloppier premise and still sloppier reporting. Also, the sourcing is nonexistent. Where are the voices? This is very poorly done.

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Andrew Pham
2.4
by Andrew Pham - Feb. 16, 2011

This is not good journalism because it is based on speculation rather than facts. The President's visit does not necessarily constitute the issues the article highlights. The article talks about racial tensions but does very little to source those tensions. Also no undocumented Brazilians were quoted in the article so it ends up being quit biased.

When Barack Obama arrives on Martha’s Vineyard for his first family holiday as president, he will enjoy the sparkling sea, salty air and fresh fish and clams. ... More »

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Rebecca Jackson
2.3
by Rebecca Jackson - Feb. 9, 2011

This article pulled a lot of quotes and information from other sources. I think the writer could have spent more time gathering an expert source or two. They do state at the bottom that "aides have made it clear that legislation to sort out the problem of illegal immigrants will have to wait until next year" I would have liked to have read a quote from that source.

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Anthony E. Laus
1.5
by Anthony E. Laus - May. 5, 2011

This is not good journalism because the story is sloppy in its writing. The format is confusing to read, and punctuation and grammar errors make it frustrating to continue reading. The sources the author uses are biased and local. The opinion of the author is also evident in the way he bashes the subject matter. As the reader, I had no idea where Martha's Vineyard was and had to look it up just to understand the scope of the story. A lack of background information also made me do my own research on the subject. Overall, this story leaves me with more questions than answers, and the few answers that were provided were unfair and biased.

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Jason Kuppler
2.1
by Jason Kuppler - Feb. 16, 2011

This article jumps around from different points of view (why is Obama mentioned? It seems to be only to grab attention). It tries to make the reader angry, and then mentions later that the girl was going over 80 and the Brazilian was going 9 mph. This is just above trash.

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Daniel Rodgers
1.4
by Daniel Rodgers - May. 4, 2011

The lead confused me because the story completely switches topics. As the reader, you expect a story about the Obama's visit to Martha's Vineyard, but the story immediately changes topics and talks about illegal immigrants. Even with a lead that shouldn't be for this story, the writer doesn't support their actual dtory with any statistics or credible sources. It would have been nice to know an actual number of illegal immigrants, or have a quote from an authority figure. I feel like this was a poor example of good journalism. To say the least, the story needs a headline, a lead that better fits with the rest of the story and more supporting evidence.

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Joshua Venecia
1.1
by Joshua Venecia - May. 5, 2011

No. Although the author used two sources, the sources that were used are bias because they are from local mediums. Also, I discovered that the sources used to not have realible sources. It seems all of them could have been searched off of Google. While the author made an attempt to counter the racial relation in Martha's Vineyard stating that it was not the Brazil drivers fault, they could have added more credible sources to balance the story. I also find that even though the title includes Barack Obama, he has little to no relavence to the story.

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Asia S. Hinton
2.3
by Asia S. Hinton - Feb. 22, 2011

In my opinion this is not good journalism. Judging from the picture and the title of the story readers are lead to believe that the story is about the Obama’s and racial tension related to their visit; however, the story focuses on racial tension of the townsfolk and the Brazilians. Not only does the title and picture not capture what the story is actually about, the story is also unorganized and confusing to the reader. For example, the story in the beginning focuses on the increasing availability of jobs for illegal immigrants, than it jumps to a killing of a girl, then it’s followed with a quote by a resident who complains about the lack of jobs. Furthermore, this story is not balance because it only has quotes from ... More »

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Devin Hamberger
1.8
by Devin Hamberger - May. 5, 2011

This is good journalism because the story is interesting, but I thought it would talk more about what Obama was going to do about illegal immigrants instead of focusing on the backlash against immigrants from the locals. It has good quotes from local newspapers and from some local residents, but they are mostly negative and are somewhat biased because the locals are angry about Brazilian immigrants taking their jobs. The quotes are also not cited well at all. It is unclear who said what. The quote at the end was good because the person said that the backlash against the immigrants was not necessary in the discussion.

I thought that this was a good story, but I expected it to be more of a political story about what Obama is doing about illegal immigrants. I think that the nasty comments from local residents in their newspapers are unnecessary and that they went a little too far. It brings up good points, however in the end it says that the problem will have to wait until next year to be solved.

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Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
1.7
by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf - Apr. 11, 2011

Scanning the article, I see a lack of even basic sources. There's little value to this article other than thinly. veiled racial remarks. Why this was published is beyond me.

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Sarah LaCorte
2.2
by Sarah LaCorte - Mar. 9, 2011

While the topic the reporter chose to focus on was quite different and may have taken a different angle, the article as a whole was not well organized and lacked direct sources. Many of the quotes were not from sources interviewed directly but rather from local newspaper website comment sections, which may not be the most professional place to pull from. It would have been better to get a couple perspectives from officials or verify people who live on the island and aren't just trying to find another illegal immigrant story to rant on. The article seemed a bit disjointed, starting out talking about how Obama was coming to town, then diving in to dissect the car accident with Brandy Gibson.

While it might be frustrating for residents to have to deal with an influx of people they are not comfortable around, it does not necessarily mean that all illegal immigrants have bad intentions and are going to wreck everything on the island. The reporter and the townspeople cannot just point to one unfortunate incident to incite blame, malice and dysfunction. It just would have been refreshing to get a different perspective on the ordeal.

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Che Bajandas
2.0
by Che Bajandas - Oct. 5, 2010

This story attempts to link two unrelated events in order to create drama where none exists. Simmering racial tensions are cited in relation to a car accident which are then mentioned as actually having subsided, and somehow this is all linked to Obama's visiting Martha's Vineyard. The relationship of location and immigration debate does not provide a strong enough connection between these two events to warrant a news piece about it.

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Brittani Bowling
1.8
by Brittani Bowling - Feb. 14, 2011

This story was disappointing on many levels. Not only was it confusing and poorly written, but where and who are the sources? The story line seems to be completely unrelated to President Obama's visit, taking the confusion to a totally different level. I am surprised The Telegraph published this material.

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Jenna Shulman
2.0
by Jenna Shulman - Feb. 8, 2011

I don't think this reporter really did his research because he could have added a lot more facts and statistics and added more detail. He kind of just took different quotes from various newspapers instead of doing his own reporting. He also could have went into further detail in explaining Obama's opinion on illegal immigration and maybe have gotten a quote from him. This was more of a research paper to me that consisted of a reporter putting together quotes, rather than doing his own journalism work. I also thought it was strange that he ended the article talking about how Obama will return to Washington to face the agenda of health and energy reform. How does that have to do with illegal immigrants? What's his future plan with that topic?

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Priscilla L. Davis
1.5
by Priscilla L. Davis - Oct. 21, 2009

This is an attempt at race- baiting. Why is Obama connected with this incident at all. I am sure the Brazilian laborers were there when George Bush was in office, as well. This is just wrong-headed. the caption states "racial tensions simmers" not immigration tensions. Why is that? This is complete hogwash!!

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Gordon Townsend
4.0
by Gordon Townsend - Oct. 20, 2009

It brings to light the dichotomy adn hypocrisy by the power elites extolling a way of life and what they live

Great piece because it highlights the hypocrisy that the power eliltes in this country have lead us into. I no longer tellmy kidfs that hard work and merit are what counts. My son can;t get a job making a few bucks doing anything because illegals have all the entry positions. Obama woried about what clams to suck up while I am woriied about my family getting fed

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Jo Bobenhouse Smith
1.3
by Jo Bobenhouse Smith - Oct. 19, 2009

A Jr. High journalism assignment, right?

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Jennie Byrne
2.3
by Jennie Byrne - Feb. 14, 2011
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Whitney Allgood
1.8
by Whitney Allgood - Apr. 15, 2011

No. It is not clear to me what the purpose of the story is. The headline reads that "racial tension simmers", but there is no real evidence of simmering racial tension beyond reference to online mostly anonymous rants and an editorial -- all of which are related to issues of illegal immigration and not racism or racial tension. There are no direct quotes, no verification of facts, no on the record sources. The final sentence states, "aides have made it clear that legislation to sort out the problem of 12 million illegal immigrants will have to wait until next year" but provides no evidence to back up this statement.

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Allyson Smith
2.2
by Allyson Smith - Feb. 16, 2011

This article seems like an attempt to make a story by creating an issue that diesn't seem to really exist. The sources are poor and pulled from internet sources rather than original reporting.

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Dana Kobilinsky
3.0
by Dana Kobilinsky - Mar. 9, 2011

The writer does a good job of enlightening readers about an issue that is taking a back seat to other issues that are deemed important by the government. The article could be sourced better because some quotes are said to be from "local newspapers" which is a little vague. The story has a wide variety of quotes from different places, but there are little quotes from research. The story flows smoothly. The beginning of the story matches with the end and causes the reader to question how much this problem is ignored by the president because of other "important" issues. Also, there is a good use of an individual story (the car accident) to bring this story to light, butboth sides of this incident are not covered. There is a little ... More »

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Lauren Slavin
2.2
by Lauren Slavin - Feb. 10, 2011

How can you write a news story and not quote a single source from your own interviews? Very weak journalism.

When going on a vacation, no one wants to think about the dark side of sunny days. Should the president's family be any different? Even the president deserves a vacation, but like any good journalist, keep a wary eye on his surroundings.

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Elizabeth Hardisty
2.2
by Elizabeth Hardisty - Mar. 10, 2011

I did not believe that this was good journalism. I think that the could have been better and had potential to be a great story, but the author did not make it compelling. It seemed very irrelevant. The concept of Obama did not seem to fit the story in any way. I was confused while reading it, and it did not make a lot of sense to me. I give props to the author for capturing attention at first by adding President Obama into the story, but he could of been better linked to the rest of the story.

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Michelle Darty
2.2
by Michelle Darty - Feb. 16, 2011

The quotes in this story seemed disjointed and the facts presented didn't really tell the full story. In fact the story didnt really seem to have anything to do with President Obama. It looks like his name was dropped merely to get attention which was diverted to the topic of illegal immigrants in Martha's Vineyard.

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Lily Duffy
2.1
by Lily Duffy - Apr. 15, 2011

Some of the details of this story are worded confusingly. The sentence "Yet last year, racial relations became stretched near breaking point when a local, white girl named Brandy Gibson was killed in a car accident with an unlicensed Brazilian in the country illegally," makes it sound as if Gibson was in the same car as Dias, which we later find out she was not. The sentence also seems to unintentionally insinuate that he was the driver and she, an innocent passenger. Plus," Residents who were prepared their name included Jon Parkinson," made absolutely no sense. Interesting topic, but the article itself could use some grooming.

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Kara Duffy
2.0
by Kara Duffy - Feb. 8, 2011

I think the journalism would have been more effective if the writer used more credible sources. I do not think that islanders who post to newspaper websites anonymously should be considered credible or accurate sources. I also think the journalism could improve if the writer incorporated an Obama source to get the President's opinion on the topic in order to enhance credibility and fairness. I would have liked to see the story supported with more factual information.

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Olivia Stephens
2.1
by Olivia Stephens - Mar. 9, 2011

No, not really. The author could have found more credible sources. Also, the author probably should have gotten quotes or feedback from some immigrants to show both sides to the story.

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Melanie Yanney
1.7
by Melanie Yanney - Feb. 8, 2011

To be better journalism, this article could have included more unique sources - more than other newspapers and online sources. (Is an anonymous posting credible?) I would encourage more watchdog journalism tactics, rather than lapdog. Be more active; dig up new news! What's the big ah-ha here? What are next steps?

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Cari Crabtree
1.3
by Cari Crabtree - Feb. 10, 2011

This is lazy journalism. If it could be called journalism. Discussing President Obama's reaction to the tensions in Martha's Vineyard over immigration could be a captivating story. But this reads like a quickly-written article based loosely on a few previously written articles. All-in-all, I don't think the intention was to write a stellar journalistic work. So maybe the writer/publication accomplished the goal of this article. It's not very informative, it's not well sourced. I'd recommend finding another article written on this subject instead.

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Delfina Ezcurra
2.4
by Delfina Ezcurra - May. 4, 2011

Not sure where the reporter was going with this article, what does President Obama's vacation have to do with illegal Brazilian immigrants? It seemed like a poor attempt at relating to the 'big picture.' The article seems to be written based on other publications. Little to no primary research was done for this piece - the quotes are not even original. The author also appears to be biased, and places assumptions on the subjects of the article (i.e. "And like others he will probably be unaware of the thousands of illegal immigrants..." when referring to President Obama).

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Melanie Losover
1.8
by Melanie Losover - Feb. 10, 2011

This article is unbalanced and doesn't try to show how the Brazilian workers feel about the issue; it simply assumes that they are all illegal and insinuates that they are looking to cause harm to the community. It relies heavily on comments left by readers on editorials posted online. The only thing close to an expert source are the editors of the Martha's Vineyard Gazette and the writer did not even speak to them directly. The writer did not dig at all and seemed to rely on a basic search on the Martha's Vineyard Times and Gazette's Web sites to get their information.

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Ashley Ward
2.1
by Ashley Ward - Mar. 9, 2011

The overall format of the story was well written, but I think that the title was very misleading. When reading the story it seemed like the story itself shifted. I was trying to figure out where the story was going.

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Megan Flannery
3.3
by Megan Flannery - Mar. 9, 2011

In my opinion, this story is good journalism because it reports from an angle that is different from the norm. While most newspapers are reporting about the Obama's first vacation as the First Family, this story takes on a different approach. It reports on how the family vacation will be to Martha's Vineyard where there are many illegal immigrants. Therefore, it raises the question, 'When will Obama sort out the problem of illegal immigrants?'

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Ashley Gallaher
1.9
by Ashley Gallaher - Feb. 11, 2011

I don't believe this was well-written or well-sourced; therefore, I don't think this is very good journalism. I think it had facts, but most of those were taken from other sources and not from their own research. There really isn't a balance, and it seems one-sided. There isn't any background information and it seems like it's missing a point. It doesn't have substance. This story lacks a lot, so I wouldn't recommend it.

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Jennifer Perrell
2.6
by Jennifer Perrell - Sep. 1, 2011

This article seemed disjointed, with no real research or journalism conducted. The only sources were the comments page on a news story.

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Sarah Jean Alexander
2.1
by Sarah Jean Alexander - Sep. 9, 2011

The tone of the story read as somewhat partial and biased. The jarring line after the photo, "And like many others he will probably be unaware of the thousands of illegal immigrants the island relies on during its sumer season" read in sort of a nastier voice than I would expect from a fair story. The story does, however, give two sides to the story of the young girl being killed in the automobile accident. Another source in favor of protecting the Brazilian workers would have created more of a balanced picture.

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Sabrina Lindsey
1.2
by Sabrina Lindsey - Feb. 10, 2011

I don't believe this is good journalism because this article didn't have credible sources. In fact, this article only has two quotes from two different people, but neither quotes helps give context to the story. There was no investigation into the topic either and didn't show both sides to this particular story. If two sides were given, it wasn't clearly stated. The headline is misleading. There is no background information given or more information added.

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Melissa Kronenberger
1.3
by Melissa Kronenberger - Mar. 12, 2011

I don't believe this is good journalism. Mentioning Obama in the article seemed irrelevant. This article was not well-sourced and was not well-written. The author jumped from one topic to another. This article does not seem to have a main point.

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Bobbi F. Green
1.3
by Bobbi F. Green - Feb. 16, 2011

I found the title of the article misleading. I expected to read an article about President Obama's stay in Martha's Vineyard; perhaps how people in the town might plan to tell him about the immigration problem. However, what the article was actually about was how people in the town are angry at each other.

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Chris Paul
2.6
by Chris Paul - Feb. 9, 2011

I really like the topic. Whenever the President goes on vacation, it makes news; but the issue of illegal immigration on where he is staying makes it all the more interesting. What I don't like is that the article is not as in-depth as I think it should be. All of the sources are quotes from local newspapers. There is nothing, or there is little, original investigation from what I can see. Additionally, the first sentence of the paragraph toward the end starting with "Residents who were prepared..." is either oddly written or has improper grammer. Great story idea, disappointing journalism.

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Kristie Udovich
1.6
by Kristie Udovich - Feb. 8, 2011

I don't think this is good journalism becasue I find it one sided. There have been many cases with America citizens where people without licenses have driven and got killed or killed other people. I think it is unfair to put all of this on the illegal immigrants. Another reason why I don't think this is a good example is because of the lead. In the first sentance it explains why President Obama will not likely notice the tension. When the president is on vacation the last thing he will want to do is more work. I think the story could have been immigration and the problems about it, not how with the president being there, changes should be made.

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Roland F. Hirsch
1.3
by Roland F. Hirsch - Feb. 8, 2011

This news item was published 18 months ago and thus has no journalistic content. It needs to be removed from NewsTrust.

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Kathryn VandenHeuvel
2.0
by Kathryn VandenHeuvel - Feb. 14, 2011

I believe that this story was not strong journalism because it lacked overall fairness, relevancy and official sources. If these were included it would have made it become a stronger article.

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Elise Meisner
2.7
by Elise Meisner - Feb. 8, 2011

I feel as though while this is OK journalism, it doesn't really offer great sources. I feel as though the writer could have maybe went even further and retrieved more feedback. What about quotes from the family who was related to the young girl? Overall, It was well written, just could have used maybe better sources.

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Allison DeThomas
2.2
by Allison DeThomas - Feb. 9, 2011

This article relied more on picking up comments from websites than actually talking to people. Many of the sources were either comments on a news website or exerpts from other articles/editorials. Also the part "Residents who were prepared their name included..." seems to have gone unedited. Thelead and picture features the Obama's visit to the Vineyard, although the story itself barely mentions it. Also, there are no credible statistics or sources.

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Brittany C. Bell
2.3
by Brittany C. Bell - May. 5, 2011

This story is pretty opinion based and confusing. I was a little distracted and turned for a loop because I really thought it was going to truly discuss some occurences of racism that Obama had to face. I personally would have changed the title to something more appealing to the racism that is occuring in Martha's Vineyard and not how it is simmered when Obama arrived. Obama has no relevance to this story. I feel it is false advertisement to get readers to read.

Overall the story was pretty opinion based and confusing. Like I said before in the notes, I wouldn't have focused the title so much on Obama because he wasn't a main aspect in the article.

“Illegal Brazilians, I think you can see … it is time for you to go. What will it be next time? A car full of tourist kids? Then we’d all be scr*w*d,” ... More »

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Katherina Capon
1.3
by Katherina Capon - Feb. 9, 2011

This story had many opinions and little facts. None of the quotes came from an expert or any one whom I would consider a trustworthy source. The article also came off racist making sure to label people by thier color and ethnicity. Also none of the thoughts seem to come full cirlcle and rather were very scattered and all over the place. All in all the article was an opinion piece that voiced the views of anngry locals.

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Lauren Azzopardi
1.4
by Lauren Azzopardi - Mar. 29, 2011

The first thing that stood out to me was the article's lack of relevance to Obama. Putting his pending visit into the title was merely a way to grab the reader's attention. The article was poorly written and the sources were less than reliable, which doesn't help this writer's case. If the issue at hand were of such concern to the people of Martha's Vineyard, I am sure reliable sources and content would have been just as easy to get as pulling them from a comment page. I also ... More »

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Christina Gunther
4.3
by Christina Gunther - Sep. 13, 2011

“And like others he will probably be unaware of the thousands of illegal immigrants the island relies on during its summer season.” More »

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Nkeng Hardy
2.0
by Nkeng Hardy - Feb. 2, 2011
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William Ray Washington
2.0
by William Ray Washington - Feb. 11, 2011

I do believe that the topic was a important topic which was racism. However, the title brought in a crowd who was also looking for more on Obama. This article fell off topic and did more of a article on the incident that happened towards the Brazilians. Though I believe its was a very nice fair and factual story it lacks context to show this.

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Samantha Powell
2.6
by Samantha Powell - Feb. 8, 2011

It was interesting how the writer used the Obama family's upcoming vacation to inform readers on the racial tensions, but it's a more passive piece recapping recent events. It seems like it could be the start of a deper story but needs more credible sources, relevance and organization.

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Ana Zavaljevski
2.0
by Ana Zavaljevski - Feb. 16, 2011

I do not find this to be good journalism since it ties in a lot of things that are not necessarily related. The sources used were not necessarily credible.

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Daniel Baldwin
1.7
by Daniel Baldwin - Feb. 10, 2011

I think this is poor journalism. The lead is full of opinion and I don't see why President Obama should be mentioned in the story.

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Samantha Iacia
2.2
by Samantha Iacia - Mar. 9, 2011

My biggest issue with this story is that the headline and blurb are rather misleading. While I started out expecting to learn about a countless number of illegal immigration problems in Martha's Vineyard, really only one main issue was presented. It seems as though this story drifted into being more about the controversy over the death of Brandy Gibson, rather than why President Obama should be so concerned about the immigration problem there. The story felt too opinionated rather than factual. Also, who wrote this? Where are and how are they getting their information? The ending of the article felt rushed and disconnected from the rest of the story. While I agree that illegal immigration is a major issue in our country, I ... More »

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Alex Glaze
2.2
by Alex Glaze - Mar. 9, 2011

This article was decent, but not very factual. There was a lot of opinion in this article, and not a lot of information to be learned from reading this piece. THe article is relavent though because immigration is an issue and very easy to relate to. In all, I think that the author did not put a lot of effort into this piece. There was a lot more to be said about illegal immigration on a larger scale, and this article was lacking in that regard.

This article was decent, but not very factual. There was a lot of opinion in this article, and not a lot of information to be learned from reading this piece. Why was President Obama brough up in this article? He was mentioned in the beginning of the article, but then not mentioned again until the end. I think that if his name was in the title, and the image shows his merchandice that is sold on the island, he should have been mentioned more in the body of the story. The article ... More »

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Rossella Procopio
2.0
by Rossella Procopio - Feb. 13, 2011

First of all, the title of this article was quite misleading. It leads the reader to assume the "racial tension" has to do directly with President Obama. I also have a question: We know what happened to Ms. Gibson, but what happened to Mr. Dias? Is that not relevant?

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Megen Donovan
3.1
by Megen Donovan - Feb. 9, 2011

It was an interesting account of tensions among natives and immigrants. It painted a picture of the immediacy in which locals jump to bash the illegal immigrants. Even with the smoothed-over tensions among the immigrants, the local newspaper still had a negative connotation when describing the state of "multicultural harmony."

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Kyle Waddon
2.3
by Kyle Waddon - Mar. 13, 2011

Not very notable or factual. Somewhat opinionated. Not quality journalism.

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Adam Salk
2.3
by Adam Salk - Feb. 9, 2011

The article jumped around too much for it to make a coeherent argument. I also cuaght some errors, "Residents who were prepared their name". Also I think it is a rather ridiculous statement to claim that the President has no idea that illigal immigration is an issue in our counrty and on Martha's Vineyard in particular.

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Hope Regalbuto
2.1
by Hope Regalbuto - Apr. 18, 2011

This story didn't include many sources to support the allegations metioned.

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Ariel Gononsky
1.9
by Ariel Gononsky - Feb. 10, 2011

I think this article is poor because of the writing errors and it could have been edited better. The story is poor because it is mainly relying on other people's opinions and the writer could have gotten more credible sources for quotes and information. The story does not give much useful information about the issue.

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Kelly Gray
3.4
by Kelly Gray - Mar. 13, 2011

I found this article to be interesting because a lot of the times in the news (especially lately), we've mostly been hearing about immigration issues out on the West Coast (for ex., California, Arizona, etc.). It was definitely refreshing to hear about those same issues but just closer to home. Also, I feel as if the Martha's Vineyard locals are a little harsh on the Brazilians. Yes, they're here illegally and don't pay taxes like the rest of us and, therefore, aren't awarded the ... More »

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Ilana Posner
1.4
by Ilana Posner - Mar. 11, 2011

I do not believe this source is a good form of journalism. For instance, they did not source information well. When it says "it says in an editorial," on page 2, it does not say which editorial the information was taken from. In addition, it says the lady was going 82 miles per hour and the delivery van was only going 9 miles per hour. This is forcing us to take the editors word for. Because of these examples, this source is not credible. Moreover, it is not fair to Barak Obama when the article states that he is unaware of all that is happening here. Since the editor said this, it leads readers to believe he is not doing his job to the best of his ability.

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Susan Connelly
1.8
by Susan Connelly - Mar. 9, 2011

I believe this story was written in a very awkward manner. It has a somewhat misleading headline. "Racial tensions simmer on Martha's Vineyard as Barack Obama arrives," leads me to believe that the story will showcase racial problems connected to the President. The story then becomes a little confusing by focusing on the problems illegal immigrants from Brazil face on the island. The story would make more sense to me if it either focused on the fact that President Obama was coming to visit OR the illegal immigrant problem. The two topics were not connected well within the story.

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Kathleen Jordan
3.1
by Kathleen Jordan - Feb. 8, 2011

Although the article was well-written and included various sources, it deeply covered one side of the story- the island. The author did not go into enough detail or seek out enough information from the President or the White House. This story is for an audience interested in thier leader's vacation and how it might affect other places, but the focus should remain on thier leader. If the author wanted to simply cover the island's issues, then they should have gone full force into that topic. The article also appeared to be mainly quote to quote from the island's local publications.

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Amanda Friedberg
2.1
by Amanda Friedberg - Mar. 9, 2011

It is evident that a lot of the journalist's personal opinions show through in this article. I feel the story doesn't go into depth about what the president plans to do about the situation or why he is actually there. I don't really understand the meaning or point of the story other than Brazilian immigration at Martha's Vinyard. I don't see the problem of them working. Accidents happen and just because the driver was Brazilian doesn't mean he was at fault.

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Erica Glass
3.6
by Erica Glass - Mar. 9, 2011

In the beginning I wasn't too interested but it got better the more i read. I was also lost at some point and has to go back and reread a few paragraphs so something wasn't as clear as it could've been, over all it was the average news article.

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Alexis Webb
3.7
by Alexis Webb - Feb. 15, 2011

Although the title is misleading, I do believe this journalist attempted to spread awareness of an issue. The author does a good job at making the public aware of a national problem in a more local sense, bring the story home more of less. Oftentimes, we look at the news, and forget that the "issues" affect us directly and this author does a good job of reminding us of that.

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Daniel Ciarrocchi
1.3
by Daniel Ciarrocchi - Mar. 9, 2011

I would have liked to have seen the initiative to get reactions from some of the Brazilian laborers, or interviews with Martha's VIneyard locals. Comments from a newspaper site aren't always the most accurate representation of an entire community, and can be brash and outlandish. Also, I'm not sure what style this publication adheres to, but I noticed a couple of errors: Brandy Gibson does not need the "Miss" courtesy title and Barack Obama does not need the "Mr." courtesy title in second reference, according to the Associated Press stylebook.

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Malaika Aminata Clements
2.9
by Malaika Aminata Clements - Feb. 15, 2011

The title of the story was misleading, however because of this title the author gets you to focus on a subject that needs to be talked about. Illegal immigration is a relevant subject, that affects us all, and it does need to be discussed in detail, however improvements could have been made. The piece was choppy, not well sourced, but I understood why the writer would think it was important.

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Dana Satisky
2.6
by Dana Satisky - Mar. 9, 2011

I think this is only decent journalism for the reason that this source is not very credible. It is also an interesting story that many people are interested in and could somewhat relate to. Aside from those characteristics, it is again only a semi well written story that is concise in some parts of the story but not very clear in most of the article. There is an outside, overall view of what happened, however it does not go very in depth with the situation. The author gives a narrow perspective of the topic because of the fact the opinions from outside are bias. They also do not do a very good job in following up with the outcome of the accident other than mentioning the girl dies. There is not a great connection with Obama and ... More »

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Ashley Stephenson
1.8
by Ashley Stephenson - Mar. 13, 2011

I don't think this is good journalism. The story wasn't sourced correctly, there were several writing errors, and I was very confused as to what the overall point was. I was not impressed and I would never recommend the story to anyone.

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Anthony Herman
3.7
by Anthony Herman - Feb. 8, 2011

This is an interesting piece. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in storytelling. The connection between the affairs of Martha's Vineyard and the illegal immigration problems of the country as a whole was a little loose, but this was still an interesting piece.

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Ciara Rashadia Grant
1.3
by Ciara Rashadia Grant - Feb. 9, 2011

This article is not fair, but harmful and bias. Also, there is not enough evidence or facts to support the information provided. The ideas are not organized well. Statements are repetitive, unclear and unoriginal, questioning this story's newsworthiness.

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Ali Pannoni
2.5
by Ali Pannoni - Mar. 9, 2011

I think the title of this article is misleading. The title would allow one to assume that the racial tensions would be because President Obama is an African American, but in reality it is about illegal Brazilian immigrants who work on Martha's Vineyard. The article really isn't even about Barack Obama's visit to Martha's Vineyard. I feel like they used President Obama as a hook to the story that may not have been interesting or relevant to most readers. That leads me to believe that the journalist didn't take the time to really find good sources. Considering that the journalist uses quotes from comments posted on an article on a website confirms this. If he would have taken the time to interview residents of the island and ... More »

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Daile Teramo
2.4
by Daile Teramo - Mar. 14, 2011

I did not think this article was great journalism because the article was poorly sourced which made me think the story may not be very factual.

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Raymond Alonzo Durante
2.3
by Raymond Alonzo Durante - May. 2, 2011

This was not very good journalism at all because In the article the author didn't really talk about Obama much at all. It seemed like he used Obamas name just tog et people to read it but mostly the story was just about islanders outrage over the immigrants. Plus the author didn't cite his sources well at all throughout the article.

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Michael Nitti
2.1
by Michael Nitti - Mar. 13, 2011

This is an informative story, but gives little to the Brazilian community in Martha's Vineyard. It also seems that it was in the context of what is going on with illegal immigration in America right now, but never states any facts on illegal immigration and how this story connects to such a problem. it is seen through more of an opinionated standpoint than a factual one. Also how do we even know the Brazilians are all illegal immigrants? There are no sources to support the Brazilians. To show a more accurate portrayal of what is going on, interviews with the islanders would be more appropriate, rather than just taking comments off of a local newspaper's website, which could have been written by anyone.

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Gerard Dalsey
2.1
by Gerard Dalsey - May. 4, 2011

Poor journalism to say the least. Very lazy sourcing as all attributions are from pre-existing sources. No first person interviews or new information seems to be present in this boring presentation of an already overwritten occurence.

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Kayla McIntosh
2.5
by Kayla McIntosh - Oct. 9, 2010

I felt that this article did a poor job in providing proper sources for their arguments. The mentioning of President Obama's arrival to the vineyard seem inappropriate and how they tried to time him back into the story at the very end was random and defective. I sensed a bit of bias throughout the article in regards to the immigrants especially the Brazilians that reside near Martha's Vineyard. Overall, the article left me with a substantial amount of questions and a puzzled reaction to the mention of President Obama

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Nick Bedford
2.8
by Nick Bedford - Feb. 15, 2011

The title to this article really throws off the entire story. The author may have been trying to grab the attention of the reader with the title being about racial tension and President Obama. The article focuses more towards illegal immigration than Obama's trip to Martha's Vineyard.

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Hannah Stup
2.1
by Hannah Stup - Mar. 13, 2011
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Kate N. Bernard
1.5
by Kate N. Bernard - Mar. 10, 2011
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Tiffany Fancy Holloway
2.4
by Tiffany Fancy Holloway - Feb. 15, 2011

I would have like to see some statistics on how many people actually are illegal immigrants working at Martha’s Vineyard. I would also like to see more sources and quotes in the story. The headline is a bit misleading although it draws the reader in. I would like to see information from both sides. Also word choice is very important, be unbiased, good journalism is unbiased. On the plus side, I did not know that there were racial tensions on Martha’s Vineyard so that was enterprising.

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Kayla Yingst
2.5
by Kayla Yingst - Apr. 18, 2011

It is understandable that there are illegal immigration all throughout the U.S. Instead of just looking at one incident, the story should look at the problem as a whole, and incorporate Obama's imput on the situation.

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Zachary Schwartz
3.8
by Zachary Schwartz - Mar. 9, 2011

I feel that this story does a good job of briefly showing both sides of the immigration issue in martha's vineyard, especially illustrating people's tendency to make assumptions based on race or class status. However, this story doesn't seem to have much to do with obama, or at least his involvement in the specific issue this story discusses seems to be minimal. In fact, he is only mentioned twice. It seems a bit of an exaggeration to include him in both headline and photo for a story that really isn't about HIM.

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Yvonne Lawson
2.4
by Yvonne Lawson - Sep. 6, 2011

This article was a bit of a disappointment. With such an eye-catching headline, I feel as though the actual content of the article was disappointing. The article would have been better received had it more context with better sources.

It was interesting to read this article, mainly since I had no idea about this issue.

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Lauren Calva
2.1
by Lauren Calva - Mar. 9, 2011

I really don't think this is good journalism. The author seems to be very bias. They aren't showing both sides of the story. They really only give the perspective of the Martha's Vineyard residents and not the Brazilians. The Brazilians weren't really given a vocie in this article. It mainly focused on what the Martha's Vineyard residents thought about illegal immigration in their community. At least the author cited one source, the Vineyard Gazette, that somewhat stood up for the Brazilians and said that the backlash against them was unfair. I just feel that the Brazilians weren't very well represented.

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Cecilia Cacciatore
2.1
by Cecilia Cacciatore - Oct. 5, 2010

No, the story seems to be focused on Obama's trip and the shock factor. The only source is locals who are upset about what happened and are clearly against immigration rights. It seems to be one sided and lacking in in-depth information.

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Willi Rudowsky
3.3
by Willi Rudowsky - Feb. 20, 2012
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Amanda Scarborough
2.0
by Amanda Scarborough - Oct. 5, 2010

The article is entirely based on opinions shared by locals and focuses solely on one incident. I don't believe they author took the time to delve into the situation to determine if this was an isolated incident or if this is truly a prevalent problem.

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Isobel Kuchinsky
2.0
by Isobel Kuchinsky - Mar. 10, 2011

I do not believe that the journalist provided factual information therefore not leading me to want to continue to read the article.

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Katie Crawford
2.9
by Katie Crawford - Feb. 8, 2011

This article uses Barack Obama's visit as a ploy to gain additional readers. There is not much relevance to Obama's visit with the discussion of illegal immigrants. Also the anecdote about the car accident portrays immigrants in a bad light for most of the article before it is revealed that the accident was not the immigrant driver's fault.

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RaShawna Sydnor
2.1
by RaShawna Sydnor - Mar. 18, 2011

Seems based on opinion, not fact. Draws attention to the immigration issue but is very sloppy in the presentation

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Robert Lau
1.7
by Robert Lau - Oct. 9, 2010

Nothing was really said in this article. So Obama has a vacation and suddenly it has to do with illegal immigration? It leads into some story about some "white girl" that died in a car accident that was her own fault, which has nothing to do with what the article was seeming written for... Obama and supporters have no voice in the entire article. The writer basically slapped on immigration and it's controversies into a story that really has nothing to do with it.

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Joel Cribb
2.0
by Joel Cribb - Oct. 4, 2010

This is just bad journalism. The sources are predominantly third-party and usually ininvolved, and brings up an issue under the cloak of another event.

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AJ Canaria
1.3
by AJ Canaria - Oct. 4, 2010

Many of the sources are based on rumors then facts

Many of the sources are based on rumors then facts. They are using President Obama's appearance to bring up other issues that are pretty irrelevant to his visit there. They mainly quote the locals opinions on things then factual information. The author seems to bring in their opinion to the story making the story very one sided.

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Sarah Kreager
2.7
by Sarah Kreager - Oct. 9, 2010

This not very good journalism; it seems the author is biased in the sense that he/she is against illegal immigrants. Rather than getting a variety of opinions, the author chose statements and comments that were against the Brazilian illegal immigrant, thus it was not fair, balanced, and was poorly sourced. They also did not provide any more examples about illegal immigration in Martha's Vineyard. Although the author was biased and did not provide many examples, they provided facts about the car accident rather than defending Brandy Gibson.

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John Rosin
2.3
by John Rosin - Mar. 9, 2011

This article has several bits of bad journalism. Small typos and grammatical errors throughout the story take away from its validity. The article begins to talk about Obama, then turns around and talks about illegal immigrants. Also, the writer allows their opinion to bleed through about how illegal immigrants are working jobs that US citizens should be, and that's not a god form of journalism. You want to remain as objective as possible. Also the article's sources aren't the most solid I've ever seen. I don't believe this article does its job as good journalism.

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Michael Huber
2.4
by Michael Huber - Feb. 10, 2011

I think this article is very limited. There were no experts cited, mostly anonymous comments. Not very in-depth. Some spelling errors.

Seems like the story was created in less than an hour. I dont quite get the point of the article. In this case, more credible quotes are necessary. I understand that there are illegal Brazilians working on Martha's Vineyard, but other than that, I didnt quite understand where the story is going. Cnsidering there are thousands of illegal immigrants in the state alone.

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Moupia Das
2.1
by Moupia Das - Mar. 12, 2011

This is not good journalism due to the fact that the presentation of events and sources were unclear. The fact that the President was visiting the area is simply used to pull in the reader to discuss an important issue. The writer should have focused on the issue at hand and taken a side instead of presenting the material as a somewhat neutral party. Given the accident, it would have been more relevant to discuss how this effects the area. Further information should have been presented to clarify the identities and residence of those who were interviewed.

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Briana Boyington
2.0
by Briana Boyington - Feb. 8, 2011

The story doesn't have any data to back up its arguments. There are no actual sources. The reporter didn't speak to anyone who could validate or refute the argument. The story isn't well written nor does it follow one idea throughout the piece.

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Katarina Farrell
1.8
by Katarina Farrell - Oct. 9, 2010

There were not enough sources explaining how big of a problem illegal immigration is in Martha's Vineyard. The title has Obama's name but he was briefly mentioned, and was not important to include in the story. The story should have been more focused on illegal immigrants in Martha's Vineyard with enough sources backing up the issues the island is having.

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Elizabeth Klinck
2.7
by Elizabeth Klinck - Feb. 8, 2011

There are few well-informed or credible sources, and the story seems to be completely based off of opinions. The writer even cites an editorial, which should not be the basis for any news story.

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Marie Moore
2.7
by Marie Moore - Mar. 13, 2011

I think the story does show great specific examples of why illegal immigrants are a very serious issue affecting U.S citizens. I don't believe this is a good source of journalism. I feel like they didn't tie in Obama to Martha's Vineyeard. Illegal immigrants didn't seem to fit in.

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Melissa Herchakowski
2.3
by Melissa Herchakowski - Mar. 13, 2011

This is mediocre journalism because it can gain the interest of the reader, but I am not convinced it is an unbiased article. I think the wroter of this article had some racial tension and maybe a negative attitude towards America.

My whole viewpoint of the article changed once I knew this was written for people in England. The bias in the article may have been created from research the writer found or possibly the writer's bias him or herself.

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Chris Grady
2.8
by Chris Grady - Feb. 8, 2011

I feel that this article does a good job of showing the atmosphere in Martha's Vinyard. It is important to show why the people were outraged that a young woman was killed in an accident with an illegal immigrant who does not have a license, but tempered their reactions when it was revealed that the she was driving too fast. However it seems that there is too much blame on Obama for the issue of illegal immigration, considering it has been something that precedes his presidency.

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Sara Lindemann
2.3
by Sara Lindemann - Mar. 14, 2011

This is not good journalism because it does not seem fully researched or cited. It also seems to be opinionated.

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Paul Siegel
2.5
by Paul Siegel - Feb. 2, 2012

I'm not the political type so it's difficult for me to truly comment on this article. However, those interested in what the President is doing these days would probably take an interest in this. I certainly didn't find anything wrong with it. I read it three times.

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Sherry Wing
2.8
by Sherry Wing - Mar. 16, 2011

This is most definitely not good journalism. One issue was that there was a very poorly written sentence, so poorly written in fact, that I could not make out what the author was trying to say. That error should have been easily caught before this article was posted. Also, many of the sources don't seem credible, especially the ones that don't include the names of the individuals giving the information.

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Danielle Chazen
2.9
by Danielle Chazen - Feb. 8, 2011

The story did not come to any good conclusions. It presented the existing problem of illegal immigration, but didn't really delve into what should be done. The reporter used Obama's visit as a way to bring attention to the issue, but I don't think the way the story was written in a way that is that informative to readers. The reporter could have used better examples to explain the problem of immigration and why it is such a dire issue in the area, rather than use an example (Gibson's accident) which was later proved to not be any fault in the hands of the illegal immigrant.

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Odessa Mohabeer
2.8
by Odessa Mohabeer - Feb. 15, 2011

I did not enjoy this. I somewhat viewed it as irrelevant and the title is VERY misleading.

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Amanda Khera Fenell
1.9
by Amanda Khera Fenell - Jan. 31, 2012

The lead was very weak. There were a few spelling and grammar errors which questioned the credibility of the article. The article's picture and title should have been more relevant to the story because Obama's coming to the island did not seem to be the primary focus. Also, a comment from a Brazilian immigrant would have made it more fair. All in all, it was educational but could have been written better.

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Angela Amorello
2.1
by Angela Amorello - Oct. 9, 2010

This article doesn't trustworthy because the facts aren't presented in a believable way. There aren't many sources. The article is written alright, but jumps a around a little bit. The general idea that the author is trying to get across is clearly stated, but the facts seem sketchy. The article doesn't draw from enough views on the issue.

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Brittany Leigh
2.3
by Brittany Leigh - Feb. 2, 2012

I am interested to know despite the 9mph of the Brazillian what was the speed limit in this area? Not to be disrespectful to the decease but 82mph is extremely fast even for the island and are we not holding Miss Gibson responsible even a little for speeding. Part of driving is also being able to avoid those who cannot, speeding is where you fail that responsibility. I don't think this is grounds to pint fingers at the president as the local initiatives can crack down on illegal immigration like Alabama did if need be. Though they haven't really done a great job at that either. Lets think of solutions and be leaders in the issues that haunt our communities oppose to pointing fingers.

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Jean-Virgile Tassé-Themens
3.0
by Jean-Virgile Tassé-Themens - Oct. 8, 2010

This is a good article, but it is a little bit old Martha's Vineyard doesn't represents the reality

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Denzell Massenburg
2.2
by Denzell Massenburg - Mar. 11, 2011

This story seemed to be all over the place, it was not organized at all. The story made assumptions instead of giving factual info. Honestly I never full understood what the story was about, it had me confused. I was wondering what was the point of this story it was so poorly written.

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Victoria Karolenko
2.8
by Victoria Karolenko - Apr. 20, 2011

The story seemed very dry, and definitely not up lifting. Although it presents both sides of the arguement, these sides of the stiory are barely covered and dotted with frail wuotes. The entire story and situation leaves you with an unsettleing feeling.

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Michael R. Brown
2.4
by Michael R. Brown - Oct. 9, 2010

This is satisfactory journalism. The story seems very rushed together and there are spelling and grammatical errors in the piece.

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Janett Munyiri
2.5
by Janett Munyiri - Feb. 15, 2011

The topic of the article was very relevant and so was the overall idea the reporter was trying to relay. The article was poorly written with a weak conclusion, not much facts or good creditable sources. The title was a bit attracting, but it did not make me think the article would be about illegal, Brazilian, workers in Martha’s Vineyard. The article had nothing to do with President Obama and his family vacation. The article had no facts from President Obama’s Administration, mayor of that town, or human resources. The reporter needed facts, how many illegal immigrants are working in Martha’s Vineyard? The reporter went off topic, explaining, to long about a car accident between a speeding Caucasian twenty year old and an ... More »

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Felicia Dechter
3.8
by Felicia Dechter - Oct. 4, 2010

This story gave me food for thought, but it would have been better with a source or two from Martha's Vineyard. Otherwise, it certainly gave a midwesterner like me another aspect of life on Martha's Vineyard.

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Christa Debole
1.0
by Christa Debole - Apr. 18, 2011

This story was not well written at all. It did not have appropriate sources that backed up the concerns of illegal Brazilians in Martha's Vineyard. After reading this story I felt that it was not convincing that these illegal Brazians were bringing harm to visitors of Martha's Vineyard.

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Chris Sloan
2.0
by Chris Sloan - Nov. 24, 2010

As a high school I see this a lot, especially in first drafts. A lot of high school students are timid and only want to go to their friends for quotes when writing news stories. This article is a good example of why this is a bad idea.

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Jason Layer
2.4
by Jason Layer - Mar. 9, 2011

I find this article to contain good journalism but also have room for improvement. The author does a good job of incorporating the main themes that you infer from the title although Obama is not incorporated throughout, only briefly. There is a somewhat in-depth analysis although this story does not pertain to many people outside of the vineyard. The story could benefit from the use of more quotes and more information cited directly from locals or residents and there is not a lot of ... More »

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Paul Burdette
2.1
by Paul Burdette - Apr. 9, 2012

The article, “Racial tensions simmers on Martha’s Vineyard as Barack Obama arrives” published on the online news source The Telegraph deals with the First Families vacation to the New England coast. A question asked by the author was if this visit would bring any attention to an issue that is affecting the small affluent island off the Massachusetts coast? The issue deals with the Brazilian immigrant population that works many of the lower skilled jobs in the service industry of the affluent community. Many of the island inhabitants see this as a major issue with tensions on the rise. In evaluating this story for its potential news worthy quality the first factor that comes to mind is impact. The main issue is about ... More »

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Laurel Lewkowitz
2.7
by Laurel Lewkowitz - Mar. 11, 2011

I do not believe this is good journalism because I did not feel the author captured the readers attention enough. I found the last sentence of the story to be the most interesting and felt the author included the least amount of important information possible. Not only did she not cite her sources, and had a grammatical error, but she also seemed to ramble about a variety of things. Although these things are all negative, the author did inform me of an immigration dilemma in Martha's Vineyard.

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Brian Hradsky
1.4
by Brian Hradsky - Feb. 10, 2011

I thought this was a terrible article. They use Obama as a bait and switch. The article is overall poor and hard to follow. It is completely lacking sources.

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Jillian McSweegan
2.2
by Jillian McSweegan - Mar. 14, 2011

The Telegraph is a British newspaper company and we found many grammatical errors but are allowed by this particular publisher. The article is factual but does not focus on Obama dealing with the concern about immigration. The author used Obama as a way to gain readers.

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Ashley T. Williams
2.7
by Ashley T. Williams - Mar. 9, 2011

The story was very relevant to the issues that are concerning areas all over the country. This article which mainly covers illegal immigrants does hit a soft-spot regarding many Americans and how they view the situation. With the one exerpt where the young woman was killed in a car accident with an illegal immigrant, the residents in the area were quick to blame the illegal immigrant who did not have a valid license. It turns out however, that the woman was speeding at high rates Maybe this gentleman shouldn't have been driving, but the residents as well shouldn't have been quick to blame or judge because essentially the woman's speed was probably the reason she was killed. This article just shows that Americans shouldnt be so ... More »

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Leslie Isler
2.0
by Leslie Isler - Mar. 11, 2011

The article included Barack Obama, he had nothing to do with the racial tensions. It appears as if the author used the president only to draw attention to the article.

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Samuel Smith
3.5
by Samuel Smith - Sep. 6, 2011

I liked how he had one quote from the guy who comented on the site who bashed the brazilians and blamed them for the car crash. Then had a a quote from an opposite view who didn't blame Brazilians for her death. The tie to Obama is not very strong. He used Obama's vacation as an excuse to talk about imigration at Martha's Vineyard, even though Obama was there for vacation not immigration reform.

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Jeremy Winn
2.5
by Jeremy Winn - Mar. 9, 2011

I was very much surprised by this article. The growing population of illegal immigrants seems to be at an all time high in America at this time. Martha's Vineyard however seems to be a place that wouldn't be able to survive without its thousands of illegal immigrants. The questions that I are raised in my view is that if the problem (if you wish to call it that) of illegal immigration is so well known in the Vineyard why is it only coming to light when the president comes? People only seem to get upset when the immigrants mess up in some way, thus showing when the 20 year-old girl died in the car accident. However, when word came that the girl was traveling at a high speed and the immigrant was traveling at a low speed people ... More »

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Ashley Gerke
2.1
by Ashley Gerke - Mar. 9, 2011

The story gives you mixed opinions on which side to take because the only example they give is about the girl who was killed in a car crash with an illegal immigrant but she was going 82 miles per hour. I think more examples could of been used to support this problem they are facing. Also the title is a little unsuited for the story and one question I keep asking myself is where are the actual facts ? The picture nor the title is relevant to the article at all.

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Allison Balcerak
3.6
by Allison Balcerak - Sep. 1, 2011

The title of the story seems misleading because Obama doesn’t play a key role in this story. The article is focused on what happened last year, predicting Obama’s visit will act as a catalyst for renewed racial tension. The article would have been better served if it included potential protests or events that would draw attention to the illegal immigrant population in Martha’s Vineyard. The topic is interesting yet the content is lacking.

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Corey Baum
2.0
by Corey Baum - Mar. 14, 2011

I would not go as far to say this is an unreliable source, seeing as it is a newpaper from the UK reporting on an issue in Martha's VIneyard. However, the article does lack important citations or facts to back up the story, which makes it hard to take at full value. Would not recommend the article.

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Jacqueline Gucker
2.5
by Jacqueline Gucker - Mar. 13, 2011

I think that the title of the article is misleading because the author only used the president's name to attract an audience. The article had very little to do with the president. Also the story was not based on reliable sources and seems biased against the Brazilian laborers.

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Micah Mohlmann
3.1
by Micah Mohlmann - Mar. 9, 2011

I think it is definitely an interesting article to bring to light. Immigration is everywhere and these stories you can find pretty much anywhere across America. I think the article is good in a sense that is more fair towards the Brazilians, but could use a little more depth on the subject.

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Jordan Russell
1.9
by Jordan Russell - Sep. 1, 2011

I thought starting out with Obama was an interesting angle, but things started to get difficult to understand towards the middle of the article. The story is about illegal immigrants in the islands and Obama's vacation there. Then it turns to how people view it as a happy place but it's really not. That's my first problem. There's no source to say "things aren't happy as they seem." It sounds like the one who wrote this article is more pushing the envelope with their opinion. Stating that a car accident was the breaking point because of comments in a local newspaper is nice, but I want to see it myself or it's just an accusation. At least give the local paper's name or where you heard that information from. I do like that ... More »

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Samantha Sherer
2.2
by Samantha Sherer - Sep. 6, 2011

Although this article touches on an interesting subset of the immigration issues facing the United States right now, it seems to be based more on local opinion than actual fact. It is clear based off of this article alone, that the Telegraph falls onto the immigration reform side of the issue, and uses its sources to deliver that belief (as opposed to providing quotes that support both side to the argument.) Furthermore, the Telegraph does not take the same courtesy when discussing the victims of the referenced accident. While the one victimed is referred to as "local, white girl named Brandy Gibson," the other victim is simply referred to as "an unlicensed Brazilian in the country illegally," regardless of the fact that it ... More »

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Alena Schwarz
2.3
by Alena Schwarz - Feb. 13, 2011

The story ends up contradicting itself and it is unclear what the point is. The facts are scattered and the overall story doesn't seem relevant or make any sense. There is not nearly enough background information or support of points made.

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Starr Bostic
1.4
by Starr Bostic - Feb. 15, 2011

The tilte of the article is misleading. Racial tension and Obama would make the reader feel that the article would discuss Obama being an African American during his first family vacation. Instead, we learn about an immigration problem. Majority of the quotes were biased and the story didnt flow well. Overall, not a very good example of good journalism.

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Jessica Percy Campbell
2.7
by Jessica Percy Campbell - Oct. 4, 2010

Not really because the story is supposed to be about Barack Obama relieving racial tension in Marthas Vineyard, but it is not really about him at all. Instead it is about illegal immigrants stealing jobs, and the backlash that happened when a Brazilian man got in an accident with a white girl, and she died (though she was the one speeding). This story is all over the place, and has nothing to do with the title.

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Kiel Campo
1.3
by Kiel Campo - Sep. 6, 2011

The research done for this article was not very good. The writer, who for good measure did not give their name, did not reach out to people for a quote. Rather, the writer just used online comments and editorials. On top of that, the lead is just awful and doesn't pull you into the story. For a hard story talking about president Obama, the lead is actually quite soft.

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Kiara Anthony
1.1
by Kiara Anthony - Feb. 2, 2012

This is NOT good journalism. Not only is the word choice, grammar, and style completely off for a professional level, but it has absolutely nothing to do with President Obama. At least, not until the last two sentences. There was NO main focus and it was not relevant to the headline. I would NOT recommend this story.

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Luis Batlle
2.2
by Luis Batlle - Feb. 2, 2012

For the most part, this is not good journalism. For one, the sources are all second-hand, as that is quite telling on the type of quality this piece was going to bring to the table. It is also quite problematic because an article that, in the title, specifically makes mention of Obama's visit, is seldom touched upon in the actual piece. With the exception of the second to last line, there was little to nothing to be learned from the piece. It would have also been nice to here the other side of the story, or perhaps get some more in-depth background information on the conflict at hand. A lot of work needs to be done with the article.

It is also quite problematic because an article that, in the title, specifically makes mention of Obama's visit, is seldom touched upon in the actual piece. With the exception of the second to last line, there was little to nothing to be learned from the piece. It would have also been nice to here the other side of the story, or perhaps get some more in-depth background information on the conflict at hand. A lot of work needs to be done with the article.

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Brittany Jakubowitz
2.8
by Brittany Jakubowitz - Sep. 6, 2011

I don't find this article to be the epitome of good journalism because it is not well-written or well-organized and it does not use any reputable sources. All of the quotes found in the article come from bits and pieces found about the subject in other publications.

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Ray Rogowski
1.9
by Ray Rogowski - Feb. 2, 2012

I don't believe this is good journalism. First of all one of the people involved is called a "white girl". Also why bother talking about Obama thats not what this story is about

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Christopher Harris
2.5
by Christopher Harris - Feb. 2, 2012

I think that even though there is factual information within the story, most of the comments come off as opinionated rather than supported by factual sources.

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Raquel Hamlett
1.1
by Raquel Hamlett - Sep. 1, 2011

The article is biased because it only presents one side of the story. The focus is on the white residents of Martha's Vineyard. By neglecting to include any input from members of the immigrant community, it almost seems that the journalist is taking sides. Another problem with this article is the opening and closing with President Obama's visit. His visit is actually irrelevant to the story because the journalist does discuss whether residents of Martha's Vineyard will do anything to make the president aware of their conflict with the immigrants. Their is no connection between the two story lines.

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Lauren Lins
2.6
by Lauren Lins - Sep. 1, 2011

I do not feel this is good journalism. The story was uninteresting to me and even after reading it and then skimming through it I had no idea what the story was trying to tell.

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Tanea Jackson
3.3
by Tanea Jackson - Sep. 6, 2011

I think that this piece only offers a one sided story which shows that there are citizens who believe and stand firmly on the fact that illegal immigration is unfair and that those who are illegal should be kicked out of the country. This piece does not give a reason why so many people that come to the United States are illegal immigrants neither does it give their opinions or their point of views on incidents which have occured with the illegal immigrants. This story shows that people are so quick to prejudge before knowing all of the facts and both sides of the story. I feel as if this story does just that with showing citizens' opinions.

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Christopher Smith101
3.0
by Christopher Smith101 - Feb. 13, 2011

Not really, most of the information could've been obtained from a home computer without any real work in the field. It would have been a better story if the journalist went out and obtained quotes and interviews from locals on both sides of the issue

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Ethan Rothstein
3.6
by Ethan Rothstein - Feb. 8, 2011

This is good journalism. There is clearly an issue, and the story reveals what it is, the discussions that have taken place, and the events that have occurred the inform the discussion along the way. It's timely because of Obama's impending visit there, at the time.

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Amanda Skroupa
1.6
by Amanda Skroupa - Mar. 11, 2011

The title throws the reader off right from the beginning becasue it included Obama in the title and then he is only mentioned in the lede. This story is also biased because it uses words like "commented wryly" or "turned nasty." Both of these statements are the journalists interpretation of the information or quote being provided and should not be included. Also, the sources used for quotes are both from locals and of course they have strong feelings about not wanting illegal immigrants around, especially because of the car crash. But what these natives didn't get to think of is how much the illegal immigrants help their economy or what if the girl had lived and the sandwich delivery truck man had died? Would there have been as ... More »

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Samantha Juda
1.9
by Samantha Juda - Mar. 29, 2011

I didn't find this to be good journalism because I isn't very well written, and seems to be trying to connect to semi unrelated ideas. One of Obama going to Martha's Vineyard, and another of the issues with illegal immigrants taking the jobs of the locals. All of the sources in the publication are stated by name, but have no real meaning behind them, and could be made up people as far as I know.

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Tionah Lee
3.4
by Tionah Lee - Feb. 15, 2011

I do believe the piece on Racail tensions on Marthas Vineyard was good journalism. However there could have been more information about other events in the area, such as the arrival of the President and his reaction, and the reactions of those who are feeling the racail tensions, to avoid making the article appear one sided. I would be interested in reading a follow up story on any new developments of this piece whenever they become avalible.

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Chesler Dorsey
2.6
by Chesler Dorsey - Feb. 15, 2011

This story could use some work. Quotes are important in reporting on issues like illegal immigrants, this story has a quote from what seems like the entire staff of Martha's Vineyard, there is no expert source on this issuse like a police officer stating why illegal immgrants are a problem. This story also uses bias words such as "white" suggesting the entire race and "Brazilian" suggesting the entire nationality. There are also some editing mistakes. It is not clear what the story is about.

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Jianwen Pan
2.6
by Jianwen Pan - Feb. 21, 2011

I consider it as good journalism because it delivers information and display some details examples and data to hold and support the topic and the content is not diffficult to understand.

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Francesca Sophia Massa
3.3
by Francesca Sophia Massa - Mar. 14, 2011

I do not feel as if this journalism is the best it could be. It's completely a one-sided opinion and does not help to depict to readers the full story. If the journalist was a great journalist they would have done more research and probably interviewed more people to give the story diversity. I was a little confused on the story being so pieced together and not being a flowing story to where you fully grasp where the writer is coming from. I think it could have definitely been more prepared.

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Samantha Cummings
2.4
by Samantha Cummings - Mar. 9, 2011

Its good journalism, but I would say it was the best. I caught a couple grammatical errors in the story, and the story doesnt go into how the Brazilains feel about the whole incident. I think that if the writer had interviewed a Brazilian that lived in that area and asked them how they felt about the whole thing, the article would have seemed more fair. However, this article is very relevant in that a lot of people are feeling this way about illegal immigrants in other places of the United States, and the fact that this issue is relevant in such a small town shows how relevant it can be in other small towns and all around the world, and that maybe this issue needs to be looked at further, and the sooner the better. Also the ... More »

I dont really know The Telegraph. I have never read an article from this publication, so I don't really know how credible it is.

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Andrew Constant
2.6
by Andrew Constant - Sep. 6, 2011

There's nothing on this article that makes it stand out or even appear worth going out of your way to read. Also, a story from summer 2009 means nothing in September 2011.

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Chad Dimarzo
2.2
by Chad Dimarzo - Mar. 9, 2011

I think the story presents a problem in the united states that must be fixed. It allows readers to learn of the illegal immigrant problem that we face in this country everyday.

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Tim Connor
1.0
by Tim Connor - Sep. 6, 2011
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Bridget Ochs
2.0
by Bridget Ochs - Mar. 3, 2011

This seems more like an opinion piece than a piece of good journalism.

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Emily Winemiller
2.7
by Emily Winemiller - Feb. 8, 2011

I think the author did a good job at presenting both sides of the car accident story. At first, I thought the author was only going to present the backlash against the Brazilian illegal immigrant. However, it was very interesting to see that the local white girl was also breaking the law by speeding at 82 mph while the truck driver was only going 9 mph. Although illegal immigrants do seem to be a problem in Martha Vineyards, the author did a good job at fairly presenting the topic. However, I do think that the headline of this story is misleading. From the headline, it seems as though President Obama's visit was going to cause racial tensions. But, the article has nothing to do with President Obama's visit. Additionally, the ... More »

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Kevin Lam
3.0
by Kevin Lam - Oct. 22, 2012

No, I don't this this is a good journalism because it seems like good facts but from the quotes that civilians say, it seems that he only took quotes from the people he thinks are correct. There are most likely opinions of others that has better facts in it,

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Cynterria Henderson
2.9
by Cynterria Henderson - Feb. 18, 2011

I don't think this is good journalism because it provides little factual information and not many sources but at the same time I believe that it would be slightly reliable but not enitirely.

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Anthony Oyler
2.9
by Anthony Oyler - Nov. 12, 2010

“There is no question that Mr. Dias should not have been driving that evening.” it is said in an editorial. “But the hateful backlash against the ... More »

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Omari Richards
2.2
by Omari Richards - Sep. 1, 2011

This story seems very "tip of the iceberg" in its reporting, it looks like there is a bigger issue trying to show itself but gets lost somewhere in the middle. I also failed to see the connection between Martha's Vineyard problems with its Brazilian immigrants and Obama's vacation there. His presence could be completely removed the story as a whole would not change. I would have liked if the report went more in-depth in the issue and found a more cohesive manner of connecting it to Obama rather than he just happens to be vacationing there.

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Donnell Hawkins
2.4
by Donnell Hawkins - Feb. 2, 2011

the things that the people said was a lie

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Demetrius Ricks
2.0
by Demetrius Ricks - Feb. 2, 2011

It was okay......but I personally didn't like it. The story was long and boring I recommand a more exciting story to surprise you, because anyone can predict this. Also, this is a poor example of journalism and I love reading.

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Jamoenik Williams
2.9
by Jamoenik Williams - Feb. 18, 2011

I believe this is okay journalism because they did have some sources but they were very limited. I would have liked it if they had a little bit more information and comments or even interveiwed the Brazilians.

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Sarah Lauderdale
by Sarah Lauderdale - Apr. 8, 2012

Some of the new values that we discussed in class can be seen within this article. The racial tensions within Martha's Vineyard are newsworthy for two main reasons: The prominence of Obama and the controversy between the Brazilian immigrants and the affluent locals. "The events and lives of particularly well known people... are given particular attention by the press." (Lanson 10) The visit of the Obama family to Marthas Vineyard prompted this news story. The president is possibly the most prominent person in America. The visit of the president to almost any small town in America would be newsworthy and prompt coverage. The visit of the Obama's was linked to the ongoing controversy between the locals of Marthas Vineyard and ... More »

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Jeremiah
2.8
by Jeremiah - Feb. 25, 2011

Yes I think this is good journalism because it was written well, plus it was good information.

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Vjura Senthilnathan
2.5
by Vjura Senthilnathan - Oct. 22, 2012

I think that this is an ok journalism because first of all the writer has done a little bit of research of the controversy and tried to get the key components to the audience the writer had targeted. Although the writer didn't get out a lot of information on the controversy, the writer has showcased an issue that can become a serious issue later on. In my opinion the writer should be more expressive and more informative in the way they write. The writer should give more in-depth details about this and they should also make it more interesting to the readers. Overall this article is an ok journalism.

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Kelsey Hoffbauer
2.3
by Kelsey Hoffbauer - Mar. 14, 2011

I do not think this is good journalism because the story is all over the place. Also, Obama really has nothing to do with the story, I feel that the article just mentions this name because he was there for the weekend.

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Benjamin Kirsch
1.0
by Benjamin Kirsch - Sep. 1, 2011

There is a lack of sources. This story just seems to want to bring criticism to Obama or the author wants to boost the readership of the article by mentioning Obama.

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Nicole Bandola
1.8
by Nicole Bandola - Oct. 22, 2012

The sources do not prove proven facts which makes the article less appealing for readers. The readers do not see the big name newspaper brands and websites like " New York Times", " CNN" , or the Boston Globe. In the article it states " Local Newspaper", which personally throws me off a bit. As a reader, I want to see the facts proven not made up by some source from out of blue, that may prove false facts. As well as, the article did not make me want to the read the further. The topic seemed really biased. The words seemed dragged and dreadful to read. Remember these are my opinions.

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Peter Haldis
1.9
by Peter Haldis - Dec. 13, 2011

This is not a good story. First, it takes a look at a complex issue, but fails to attack it with any depth. Second, all of the reporting comes from other news sources, including anonymous commenters. How hard would it have been to contact a local immigration group and the Martha's Vineyard government for comment? The author of the story also makes assumptions. How does he know that the author of an anonymous comment is an "islander"? Last, what need is there to include Brandy Gibson's race? Doing so implies that the author believes that the tension over immigration is informed by tension over race and, if he believes that, he should attack the issue directly.

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Dakota
1.8
by Dakota - Apr. 18, 2011

The author seemed very bias and opinionated when he said Obama was unaware of the amount of immagrants in marther's vineyard. I felt the author tried to connect obama's vacationing and the immagrant population when honestly it had no connection at all. It was like he was trying to make a metaphor comparing two things that are not alike at all but he did not get his point across like i would have liked to have read.

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viraj tamakuwala
3.7
by viraj tamakuwala - Oct. 22, 2012

I think this is ok-ish because the author has used some facts while , trying to make the reader think the opinion said are facts like Comments on local newspaper websites turned nasty. "Illegal Brazilians, I think you can see … it is time for you to go. What will it be next time? A car full of tourist kids? Then we'd all be scr*w*d," wrote one islander in an anonymous posting. this is an opinion of a person but the author has made it look like a fact . so i think this is a well but needes improvement.

I think it is unfair that brazilians are comming illegally but why? thats my question. illegal Brazilians, I think you can see … it is time for you to go. What will it be next time? A car full of tourist kids? Then we'd all be scr*w*d," wrote one islander in an anonymous posting. This is an opinion of a person

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Molly B
2.3
by Molly B - Apr. 18, 2011

Not a lot of facts, it's very opinionated and biased. Not very well sourced-all from other articles & anonymous sources-everything's pretty sketchy-

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Brian Le
2.9
by Brian Le - Oct. 22, 2012

In my opinion this topic was very interesting. However upon my further reading, it lacked the voices of both sides. Overall if there was more sources, it would had been more convincing.

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Diksha Sharma
3.4
by Diksha Sharma - Oct. 22, 2012

i think this is a good journalisim becasue its telling things that are happining that the government dont know of and its telling what the citizens think about. Its also might show the government what to do if this is happening.I am not a hundred percent sure if this artical is true becuase obama as he is the president knows what is going on everywhere so that part might not be true. Because he went to the place that this is happening in so its not gonna stay away from him. The writer should have givin more information backing up on what he/she has said so it sounds and proves that it is true they should also have interviews if they could get one or relate on something.

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Kevin Patel
3.4
by Kevin Patel - Oct. 22, 2012

this is an okay journalism because it explains some reasons not a lot and it doesn't have many opinions but it does have some . It should have more information on the illegal immigrants and some information on the comments made by the people.

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Thomas Nguyen
2.8
by Thomas Nguyen - Oct. 22, 2012

This article has a decent amount of information and sources (albeit the sources appear to be from websites that the author has browsed). It does not appear that the author wanted to state a view on this topic. I believe the article is decently written; although there were a few grammatical errors, and quotes from people other than those who are against immigration. The journalism is passable, however I would not be telling others about the article.

I believe that immigration is an important part of the North American society, as immigrants often do the jobs that no one else would like to do, and it so happens that those jobs are important to society (construction worker, etc). However, illegal immigration is something else. If they are illegally in the country, and are taking jobs from the legal citizens, I think something should be done. Maybe deporting them isn't necessarily the right answer, but putting them through the ... More »

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Amanda Bunker
3.1
by Amanda Bunker - Apr. 18, 2011

This story wasn't really that good because it didn't have any quotes and it mostly talked about what happened to the girl that was killed and didn't really touch on how Obama is going to help.

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Ricky Tsui
2.4
by Ricky Tsui - Oct. 22, 2012

in my opinion I think this article is not a good journalism because this article doesn't state both sides of the fight.This article also isn't sourced, it doesn't have any links to it's information.I would not recomend this article because it's not well written.

I think this article is not well balenced.

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Renee Donaldson
2.8
by Renee Donaldson - Oct. 22, 2012

Yes. This is good journalism because the topic is a very strong opinon and point of view. On the other hand, this may cause offence to Brazilians people in general and its very one sided. They only talked about the people living on the island and rudely talking the Brazilians.

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Alexander Roberts
3.0
by Alexander Roberts - Oct. 22, 2012

I don't like the way this person went about telling this article , they didn't really give ENOUGH references for me to understand what they were talking about within the first couple paragraphs. .

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enigma
by enigma - Feb. 25, 2011

I think the picture is kind of weird but yet strange.

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