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Pick of the day: Staying with the big story

Breaking news stories rivet a newsroom like nothing else. They are our version of battle. All hands on deck. Editors bark orders, reporters fly out on assignment, geared up, rolling. It’s blood-pumping exciting. Just recently, we’ve had some big ones with ties to Washington: the Metro crash, the shooting at the Holocaust Museum and then the one at the Pentagon.

Then they sort of fade away. There’s no more new information to report. Interest wanes. An A1 story migrates to B1, then to B3 and beyond. New news replaces the old, which is the natural order of things—how it should be. Still, I was heartened to see my colleague William Wan follow up on the Fort Hood shootings, another big story. He wondered how Muslim soldiers were being treated at the Texas base. His answer, delivered in this revealing story, is haunting.

By Christian Davenport  | March 25, 2010; 5:07 PM ET
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