I’d like to do something a little different here, and write about someone else’s journalism work, not mine.
I read a fantastic two-part series in The Washington Post recently, detailing the story of a pregnant woman who was kidnapped and her abductor tried to cut her baby out of her belly. Just the basic facts of the story are insane, and the Post reporters did a great job delving into the details of what happened.
What I like most is that these reporters put real faces and real emotions on a grisly story. And they’ve done it in a way that’s compelling, but not sensational.
And a couple things stick out to me from the Q&A: how hard the one reporter had to work to get the pregnant woman (Teka Adams) to talk, and also how one of the reporters was assigned to the story part-time, while the other reporter was assigned to this full-time for months.
That’s the benefit of working for a big paper with lots of resources — their reporters can devote lots of time to a single story, without worrying about how the newspaper is going to fill the pages day-to-day. I have to admit I’m a bit jealous!
I’d love to hear what all of you like — and maybe dislike — about the stories. Feel free to share your comments.