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If a person were to watch the news everyday for a week any news program then chances are you will here a story about a shark attack Over the past month it seems as if there is at least one new shark attack reported per week Is this anything new Have sharks not been attacking people ever since the two began to interact If this is the case then why are these types of stories making such a big fuss and what really is all the fuss about These attacks have been happening all summer but this paper will only examine a few of the stories that have affected Americans over the past month or so Now for the last few years I have taken many different courses on mass communication which journalism falls under In these classes I have learned many different parts of journalism and its process and one of those is how to write in a journalistic way When I was doing the research for these papers I found one thing in common in most of them and that was that they used sensationalism in their stories I believe this was one of the reasons that I thought the writers had blown these types of stories out of proportion One of the first attacks that generated a nationwide frenzy was off of the panhandle of Florida in Pensacola 8-year-old Jesse Arbogast was attacked while swimming in the shallow water by a shark that ripped the young boy apart Oklon and Morgan 1 The young boy was swimming when attacked and the shark had bitten off part of his right arm and his uncle jumped into the ocean and brought the shark on shore and then proceeded to retrieve the boys arm from the sharks stomach After being treated for his wounds young Jessie had his arm reattached by surgeons and is now recovering at home After this event many more
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