Weekly What Works: February 22

When the Hospital Fires the Bullet

1. Yes, I would definitely click on the headline. I was interested to read the story as soon as I saw it. The headline is also SEO friendly, when I Google searched the headline it was the top option on the page.

2. The lead used for this story is a Narrative lead — It uses Pean’s story as a small aspect to tell a larger story and growing problem within hospitals acrosss the country. The author uses vivd imagery to draw the reader in as she decribes what happend to Mr. Pean in a Houston hospital.

3. I believe the nutgraph for this story is split into two paragraphs. The third and fourth paragraphs of the story — which state

“The student, 26-year-old Alan Pean, had come to the hospital for treatment of possible bipolar disorder, accidentally striking several cars while pulling into the parking lot. Kept overnight for monitoring of minor injuries, he never saw a psychiatrist and became increasingly delusional. He sang and danced naked in his room, occasionally drifting into the hall. When two nurses coaxed him into a gown, he refused to have it fastened. Following protocol, a nurse summoned security, even though he was not aggressive or threatening.

Soon, from inside the room, there was shouting, sounds of a scuffle and a loud pop. During an altercation, two off-duty Houston police officers, moonlighting as security guards, had shocked Mr. Pean with a Taser, fired a bullet into his chest, then handcuffed him.”

These paragraphs tell the reader exactly what happend to Mr. Pean and give an anecdote for the bigger issue at hand.

4. The story has many different sources and gathers information from a lot of people. The author obviously gets Pean (himself) to talk about what happened. They also get Antonio D. Martin — the system’s executive vice president for security, David LaRose, St. Joseph’s (the hospital Pean drove to) chief executive — Mark Bernard, Houston police declined to speak because of the ongoing investigation, James Kennedy — a lawyer representing Pean, The Medicare agency, Mr. Pean’s father — Dr. Pean was interviews as well as Dominique and Pean’s other siblings, Scott Martin — the security director at the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, Anthony O’Brien — researcher at the University of Aukland, Dr. Arango — the doctor present at the time of the shooting and finally Sgt. Steve Murdock of the Houston Police Department was quoted. All of these sources serve the story well. They all add information and give the reader more of an understanding. I wish the author could have gotten more information from the police perspective but I understand why that information was limited.

5. The story uses a few different multimedia aspects to give the reader a little more information. The author does a good job of pulling valuable data — even though there is not much information on this topic yet. (“Hospitals can be dangerous places. From 2012 to 2014, health care institutions reported a 40 percent increase in violent crime, with more than 10,000 incidents”). That is valuable and hard-hitting data. The story also uses good pictures (the first and last were my favorites) to show (personalize) Mr. Pean and give the reader an understanding of who they are reading about. The story also utilizes video and side-bar graphs to give the reader more information if they want.