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Story Lab: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Pick of the Day: Gary Smith's gift

One of life's great pleasures is reading the work of Gary Smith, the incomparable Sports Illustrated writer who was featured in Joel Achenbach's semi-recent story about 8,000-word profiles in a 140-character age. As I noted earlier this week, narratives and...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | December 18, 2009; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Build-A-Story: Can't get a loan? We want to know

Post banking reporter Binyamin Appelbaum needs your help on a story about the tight, tough situation facing those who are looking to borrow money: We're looking for small business owners who are looking for money. Bank lending is in steep...

By Binyamin Appelbaum  | December 17, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  
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Post blogger: "Help me decide my future"

"Help me decide my future," the headline reads. Here inside Story Lab, we're all about involving readers in the process of creating a report of the day's news, but this post by The Post's Avis Thomas-Lester on her On Success...

By Marc Fisher  | December 17, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pics of the Day: 'Greetings From San Francisco'

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this photo-based feature on San Francisco is worth, what -- 29,000? And that's to say nothing of the actual words used to flesh out the story about the greatest city in North...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | December 17, 2009; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where are all the Christmas cards?

Yes, we're still more than a week away. But if you've noticed a dramatic fall-off in the number of holiday cards you would have normally received by the Ides of December, you're not alone. A number of factors seem to...

By Steve Hendrix  | December 16, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  
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When reporting causes pain

Reporters are constantly calling people who don't expect to hear from us The other day I phoned a woman who I thought was related to a little boy who had been killed on his front porch several years ago by...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | December 16, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The inside story  | Tags:  Michael S. Rosenwald  
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Pick of the day: 'The leadoff man came up and turned into a dancing rattlesnake'

Todd Snider is a masterful storyteller whose medium is music. He specializes in dense, detail-rich story-songs that tend to feature scruffy, fringey characters. In "America's Favorite Pastime," Snider turned to a semi-famous athlete for lyrical inspiration, writing about a no-hitter...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | December 16, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Journalists aren't the only ones who tell stories

I'm a complete newbie to blogging. But all the blog experts I talked to as I readied myself for this brave new world said again and again how important it is to create a sense of dialogue, to really read...

By Brigid Schulte  | December 15, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Journalism  
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'I'll tweet my story of living with HIV'

While my colleagues Joel Achenbach and Brigid Schulte were talking about narrative writing in a Twitter world, I was catching up on a riveting narrative that unfolded on Twitter at the start of the month. Chris MacDonald-Dennis, the dean of...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | December 15, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Yes, we read your comments (& sometimes cringe)

Michael Williamson and I walk along a street in Wyoming. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post It wasn’t the cheap motel that smelled of death or the KFC that was protected by two layers of bulletproof glass but had...

By Theresa Vargas  | December 14, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Pick of the Day (Year?): "The Good Soldiers"

The most memorable story I read this year didn't appear in a newspaper or a magazine or on the interwebs. It unfolded over 273 hardbound pages (more if you count the appendix, sourcing notes and such) published by Farrar, Straus...

By J. Freedom du Lac  | December 14, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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