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Story Lab: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Pick of the Day: The People V. Football

Today's pick is a flawless story by GQ's Jeanne Marie Laskas (hat tip to Gangrey and Nieman Storyboard) about the slow demise of former Minnesota Vikings player Fred McNeill, caused by repeated head injuries incurred while playing football. What makes...

By Annys Shin  | February 25, 2011; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pick of the Day: On solar flares and iPod thieves

Wednesday brought the sad news that a good portion of the staff at TBD.com is being let go as the site's owners, Allbritton Communications, rejiggers things. Much has been made of the rivalry between our two media organizations, but if...

By Annys Shin  | February 24, 2011; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live from the spanking new ICC highway

Story Lab's Michael Rosenwald has been up and driving back and forth on the just-opened Intercounty Connector this morning, and he's tweeting his impressions at #poststorylab... If you've been on the road yet, please join the conversation...what's it like?...

By Marc Fisher  | February 23, 2011; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Bullet holes in the bumper

Dangerous occupations make for good stories because they present a situation where the tension is built in. Just the answers to the questions, "Who takes these jobs?" "Why?" and "Will they survive the day?" are compelling. There's a sense of...

By Annys Shin  | February 23, 2011; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Wallet found after 40 years

"Show, don't tell" is one of those journalistic commandments that is harder to live up to than it sounds. It is about finding the right detail, or scene, or piece of dialogue that will bring a story to life. And...

By Annys Shin  | February 22, 2011; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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