This article, by David Barstow, Susanne Craig, Russ Buettner and Megan Twohey, is very long, albeit interesting. The subject of the article, Trump’s tax returns, is particularly topical right now. People all over are fascinated with Trump and his taxes, which makes any article on the subject much more worthwhile for a newspaper.
I enjoyed the article. I found it informative, engaging, meaningful and qualified. The authors provided plenty of detailed information on the subject, Trump’s leaked tax return from years ago. It tells the reader what it means, what effect it had, and what that tax return reveals about Trump’s recent statements. The article was engaging because of its relevance. I personally care about the subject matter as an American citizen. Even though the article was lengthy, I was willing to read the entire thing because of how important it was to me, and I know I’m not alone in that. The article was meaningful because of its potential to change the minds of voters. Even though most newspapers try to be unbiased, articles like these shed a negative light on who they’re about. That’s not a bad thing in my opinion, especially when it comes to a public figure like Trump. There are also negative articles about Clinton, recently about her health for example, but when a reader sees an article like this, they might change their mind about Trump, which gives the article real-world influence. Lastly, it’s qualified. The article included plenty of quotes and insider information that increases the article’s gravitas and reputability.
The structure of the article is good: short, easily-digestible paragraphs, and and a typical introductory lead. The lead is informative and to the point, and it included Trump’s name, since he’s such a prolific figure. Everybody knows who he is so including his name can draw more readers.
Article Link: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2016/10/01/trump-could-have-avoided-paying-taxes-for-years-report-says/nLUWCr7yM6VeOIQIsSQJQK/story.html