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Story Lab: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Pick of the day: Stuever on the season

You know how you can hear some musicians play and immediately identify them? A few chords from Jimi Hendrix and you know it’s him. Same with Eric Clapton or Miles Davis or Mozart. Well, that’s how I feel sometimes...

By Christian Davenport  | December 11, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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You decide: The decade's top local news stories

Please help us pick the top news stories of the decade in the Washington area. We've included 18 options in this survey, with an eye toward choosing the ten most important stories to take place in this region in...

By Marc Fisher  | December 10, 2009; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Narrative writing in a Twitter world: Part III

Joel Achenbach recently wrote a piece for the Post's Style section about the survival of long-form narrative writing in this era of short attention spans and Twitter. The piece was called The Vestigial Tale. Story Lab team member Brigid Schulte...

By Brigid Schulte  | December 10, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Flagpole battle: A poll

Chris Davenport of The Post's Enterprise unit reports today on the Great Flagpole Battle of 2009, in which a Richmond area war hero erected a flagpole on his front lawn, only to be told by his homeowners association that the...

By Marc Fisher  | December 10, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Build-A-Story: What to call this decade?

The tension is mounting. With fewer than 30 days left in this decade, we still don't know what to call it. We had the 80s, the 90s and the....what? So, what should it be? We're calling lots of people...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | December 10, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Birth announcement: Story Lab's first baby

Thanks to Story Lab readers, Page One of today's Washington Post includes an article about the clash between Washington's conservative office culture and the growing number of people who sport tattoos under their work clothes. From the moment reporter...

By Marc Fisher  | December 10, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pick of the day: Writing the war home

(Reuters) So the President is sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. But eight years after the war began, after all that’s been written about it, do we have a clear sense of what the conflict is like? Is there anyway...

By Christian Davenport  | December 10, 2009; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Build-A-Story: Finding something precious

The Post's Sunday Magazine is happy to announce the return of one of our popular features, Editor’s Query. But we need your help to get started. Each week that the column runs, we post a question to readers and...

By Michelle Gaps  | December 9, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Narrative writing in a Twitter world: Part II

Joel Achenbach recently wrote a piece for the Post's Style section about the survival of long-form narrative writing in our time-starved era of short attention spans; he called it The Vestigial Tale. Story Lab team member Brigid Schulte wanted to...

By Brigid Schulte  | December 9, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Pick of the day: Good writing everywhere

Good writing is everywhere. Isn’t that what we’re to understand? That new forms of communication lead to new outlets of expression, and so twitter is its own form of haiku, and Facebook status updates are the Victorian diaries of the...

By Christian Davenport  | December 9, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Narrative writing in a Twitter world: Part I

Joel Achenbach recently wrote a piece for The Post's Style section about the survival of long-form narrative writing in our time-starved era of short attention spans and bursts of media innovation such as Twitter. Joel called his essay The...

By Brigid Schulte  | December 8, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inside the notebook: Coming out to Mom and Dad

(Bill O'Leary/TWP) For any story, there is only so much space in the newspaper, which means writers inevitably ditch great material. I recently wrote a profile of Lou Chibbaro Jr., who, when I was working on the piece, was the...

By Paul Schwartzman  | December 8, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Journalism , The inside story  
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Pick of the Day: Reporting the details

Details, what wonderful, precise details in Laura Blumenfeld’s masterful profile of Neel Kashkari, the former federal bailout chief, that appeared in The Post on Sunday. Details: He walks on “pine-needled tracks of black bears.” The stubble on his face is...

By Christian Davenport  | December 8, 2009; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Getting close: A poker champ's sudden celebrity

Darvin Moon became a reluctant media darling at the World Series of Poker. (Laura Rauch/AP) Darvin Moon is a stoic, self-employed logger who spends most days in the woods around Oakland, Md., where there are no microphones or cameras and...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | December 7, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Going first-person: On the road, finding my voice

Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post The first story I ever had published in a newspaper almost got me disowned--or at least temporarily disliked by several relatives. I was maybe 16 years old and it was my first venture...

By Theresa Vargas  | December 7, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the day: "In the destructive element immerse"

One of the goals of this blog, and one of the mandates of the team of writers Marc Fisher has put together, is to show just how much reporting matters. How the hard work of journalism—whether it’s scouring court...

By Christian Davenport  | December 7, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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