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Story Lab: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Paper or plastic no more: D.C.'s 5-cent bag fee

Here's another story that started here on Story Lab, where reporter Steve Hendrix first asked readers to opine about the impact of the District's new 5-cent fee on shopping bags at all retail establishments that sell food or beverage....

By Marc Fisher  | January 22, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Build-A-Story, More on the story  
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Inside story: Finding lost loved ones in Haiti

This week, Washington Post reporters Theola Labbé-DeBose and Wil Haygood wrote about William Saint-Hillaire's agonizing wait to hear whether his wife, Lissa, and their six children in Haiti had survived last week's earthquake. With poor communications and difficult travel, not...

By Brigid Schulte  | January 22, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  How I got that story, Journalism  
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Pick of the Day: Vanity Fair hits creationism museum

I have to confess from the start that, as a native Kentuckian who grew up in Louisville, I get a little touchy and defensive whenever I read stories about the Bluegrass state by glib reporters from flashy national news organizations....

By Ian Shapira  | January 22, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Story Picks  
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Moms stressed for time: Where's Dad's voice?

I started getting messages on Tuesday - Erik Wemple, the editor and media critic from Washington City Paper, wanted to talk to me. I groaned. He said he wanted to talk about the story I wrote that had just appeared...

By Brigid Schulte  | January 21, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Journalism , The Blowback, The inside story  | Tags:  Brigid Schulte, City Paper, Erik Wemple, Washington City Paper, Washington Post Magazine, time management, time stress, time studies, working women  
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Pick of the Day: A story told through Google Maps

Dinty W. Moore, an Ohio University professor who may have the greatest excuse on the planet to use his middle initial, might need an existential detective. In an essay that Utne magazine blogged about last week Moore writes about his...

By Ian Shapira  | January 21, 2010; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ugh! A mouse head in her can of juice?

I got a call the other day from a local woman who claimed to have opened a can of vegetable juice last week and, after taking one sip to take her vitamin, spat the juice out because it tasted so...

By Brigid Schulte  | January 20, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the Day: The Sanjay Gupta effect

Today, The Washington Post's Paul Farhi poses a provocative question on journalism ethics: Are reporters with backgrounds in medicine being show-offs when they simultaneously report on a disaster and administer care? This debate has emerged in the aftermath of Haiti's...

By Ian Shapira  | January 20, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  CNN, Ian Shapira, New Republic, Paul Farhi, Sanjay Gupta, Washington Post, ethics, journailsm, journalism ethics, self-promotional  
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Surprises from a home video or photo

The Washington Post Magazine is happy to announce the return of one of its most popular features, Editor's Query. Each week that the column runs, we post a question to readers and ask them to send us their responses --...

By Marc Fisher  | January 19, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  
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D.C. bag tax update: How are you liking the new system?

Has the bag tax changed your shopping? Do you find yourself walking out of grocery stores with hands full of apples? Have you carried an unbagged sandwich from the shop to your office? Are your pockets full of plastic bags?...

By Steve Hendrix  | January 19, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  
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Pick of the Day: Clean Rite Laundromat

Maybe all of one city's dreamers, eccentrics, and really, really fastidious people congregate in one democratic setting, the kind with clanging noises, fabric softener and tennis balls. N.R. Kleinfeld, the lyrical feature writer whose graceful pieces have been one of...

By Ian Shapira  | January 19, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When a city official changes sex: The inside story

Last week here on the blog, I featured a story about a public man becoming a woman, by Lane DeGregory, a human interest writer at the St. Petersburg Times, as the Story Lab Pick of the Day. I wanted to...

By Brigid Schulte  | January 18, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  How I got that story, Journalism , The inside story  
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