I picked up the front section of the New York Times this morning and didn’t put it down until I’d finished reading the story about the autistic teen who is entering the adult world with the help of a devoted teacher and a loving family. I’m guessing this story is over 150 column inches long.
I really want you to read it and notice how the writer is transparent (briefly but succinctly) about how she did the reporting. Think about how it’s constructed as a narrative. Then look at the pieces that go with it, like the slideshow of Justin’s artwork.
What makes this story work? Or maybe you think it doesn’t. If that’s the case, why didn’t you care to read it?