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Story Lab: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

Postscript: Ken Diviney

Ken Diviney's doorbell rang Thursday just after a lunch. The caller was a stranger, a woman who said she had read a story on the front page of Thursday's Washington Post about his son, Ryan, 21, who has been in...

By Paul Schwartzman  | December 3, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Blowback  
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Story pick: A father's heartbreaking devotion

There was really only one piece of storytelling in yesterday's Amercan journalism that I even considered for today's don't-miss read: My Story Lab colleague Paul Schwartzman's tremendous telling of a Virginia father's obsessive devotion to his comatose son. It's a...

By Steve Hendrix  | December 3, 2010; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: The rough side of Rio

Rio de Janeiro is getting prettied up for its star turn as host of the 2016 Olympics and inevitably that's going to mean a little rough stuff between police and the bad guys in the lawless slums ringing the city....

By Steve Hendrix  | December 2, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Exactly when 'tis the season? When does Xmas start?

Is your tree already up? Have you already got an inflatable Mrs. Claus in your front yard? And is everyone in the house good with that? For a holiday story we're working on as December approaches, we'd like to hear...

By Steve Hendrix  | November 30, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  
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Story pick: Writers got game(s)

Sure, video games have plots. The build-up is point. And the climax is shoot. Repeat. But for an increasing number of journalists and other writers looking for a handhold in the new media landscape, the tales behind all that shoot-em-up...

By Steve Hendrix  | November 30, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Creep commerce -- How the web values the vile

Read this riveting examination of how one (at least one) nasty opportunist is taking advantage of the Web's general inability to do what human-centered commerce has done for centuries -- sort out the worthy from the worthless. David Segal of...

By Steve Hendrix  | November 29, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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