“Boston area Cubans remember Castro with mixed emotions” Article Review

This article, written by Laura Krantz and Aimee Ortiz, was published online by the Boston Globe on November 26th.

Here’s the link!

This is a human interest story about Boston’s Cuban population and how they’re feeling after the announcement that Fidel Castro had passed away. These opinion and emotion stories aren’t exactly hard news, but they do couple well with articles that center around the event, person, or general subject that spawn those opinions and emotions.

This story has an interesting perspective, quotes from both sides of the coin. The authors were able to find Boston Cubans who are both happy, sad, and in between on Castro’s death.

Part of the draw of the article is that Boston residents are being interviewed. You wouldn’t see a story like this about Cubans living in Florida published in the Globe, because it just isn’t relevant to the newspaper’s readers. It would be a lot harder to get them to care.

One of the quotes in the story struck me as odd.

“You can’t deny that he didn’t have that sort of appeal to people,” he said.

The usage of a double negative is clunky and does not really make a whole lot of sense in context. I wonder what the authors were thinking when they put this quote in the story. I had to stop and think about it for a moment, to make sure I could tell what the speaker was going for. If I had that problem, other people probably would, too.

Beyond just getting emotional responses from Cuban people, authors also make a point to mention Trump. Of course, as our new president-elect, everything he says and does will be highly scrutinized and his actions will affect Cuban-American relations moving forward. Pointing this out to readers is both interesting and topical. It capitalizes everyone’s current fascination with a public figure, Trump, in order to increase interest in the story.

It’s hard to define what an “expert” might look in a story like this, but I think that the author’s did a good job of finding credible people to talk to. They speak to a professor at Northeastern University and the director at a  Cuban-American relations society.

The article also makes a point to mention the U.S. and Cuba’s troubled past and how President Obama has done a lot of work to improve our relationship with the country. All things that provide background information to the reader, but that aren’t opinions from those affected. Giving readers more context for why those people might have those opinions is definitely valuable to the story though.

The summary lead is good: clear, interesting, and concise. And the first quote of the story comes right away. Overall the structure is good, although some paragraphs get a little lengthy.

The article is all around solid, I think the authors did a good job with it.



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