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Story Lab: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

Story pick: Crime moves from city to suburbs. Is that progress?

After spending some years reporting about rough inner-city neighborhoods and affluent suburbs, I harbored a theory about what it would take for this country to get serious about fighting crime and addressing its roots: A migration of violence from...

By Marc Fisher  | July 23, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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My baptism into the brave new world of modern journalism

So you wanna be a multimedia journalist? Let me offer some advice: Keep an eye on your battery indicator. I am most definitely not a "mojo" -- a mobile journalist equipped with all manner of gear who can blog, Twitter and upload pics and videos directly from the road (did I just make up a word?). But I did agree to take along one of The Washington Post's high-definition Flip cameras when I headed out to Nevada last week to check in on the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Sharron Angle because, well, they told me an idiot could do it. Check.

By Amy Gardner  | July 22, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Story pick: What if bullies didn't push Phoebe Prince to suicide?

The standard story line in the tragic tale of Phoebe Prince -- the 15-year-old ninth grader in Massachusetts who killed herself in January after other kids at school were cruel to her and called her an "Irish slut" --...

By Marc Fisher  | July 22, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Story pick: One phone call and racism charge evaporates

The Shirley Sherrod story is quickly becoming a classic cautionary tale about the polarized politics of our age, the act first-think later nature of behavior in this phase of the transition into digital journalism, and the human desire to...

By Marc Fisher  | July 21, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Story pick: How some people (guess who?) get internships

I got my naivete about this knocked out of me when I was finishing up college and called the newspaper that I had spent hundreds of hours writing stories for when I was supposed to be studying history. How...

By Marc Fisher  | July 20, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Story pick: Unpaid bills and good deeds

In this relentless, unforgiving heat, the idea of going weeks without power is almost enough to make me short of breath. Bennie Dent and Martha Stewart have been living that pain for most of this summer after Pepco cut...

By Marc Fisher  | July 19, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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