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In April of 1999 there was a tragic moment in the United States of America Around 1130 AM in Littleton Colorado two young man entered into Columbine high school and started shooting their weapons among the students there Many people were shot and killed while others were wounded Among the victims were students faculty and even the two shooters who committed suicide I found two articles pertaining to this incident in the Chicago tribune and the Post-tribune The Chicago tribune was just a summary of the event while the Post-tribune had interviews of police officials and student reactions to what had happened The functions of the mass media that I will be talking about are Information and Surveillance Agenda Setting and Interpretation Connective Links Socialization and Transmission Persuasion and Entertainment Information and Surveillance that I found in both of the articles were that the death tolls and the amount of people injured in the attack were different In the Chicago tribune they did not mention how many people were killed but the did say that six-teen people were wounded In the Post-Tribune they said that twenty-five people were feared dead and at least twenty people were injured Another difference that I found was that the two articles had different styles of writing In the Chicago tribune the article was a summary of the event just giving the readers details of what happened In the Post-Tribune the article had interviews of students reactions and also police officials information s well The agenda setting and interpretation that I found was that the media wants us to recognize that school shootings have been on the rise President Clinton was quoted saying Perhaps now America will wake up to the dimensions of this challenge if it could happen in a place like Littleton The article really wants the readers to know that this can happen anywhere maybe even in their own home town The connective links in the
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