Friday, August 8, 2008

Dialogue in action

Check out Erin's story on two singer wannabes getting a crash-course in the business, and how she used dialogue to really carry the story and put you in the room with them. A sample:

Bain belted out a few stanzas of "With You" by Chris Brown.
"You have a vibrato in your voice," Duncan told her.
"Is that bad?"
"No, it makes you identifiable."

The dialogue, in a sense, is the story here. Erin recognized that and ran with it. Great work.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Great story, and story-behind-the-story

A little girl grows up neglected, left in a closet, until she's 7 years old and almost beyond hope. Then a couple adopts her, and begins to try to give her a life. Here is Lane DeGregory's story.

And here is how Lane and photographer Melissa Lyttle found the story, got the access, reported, photographed and produced the story ... and what happened when, a couple months into the reporting/photography, someone asked, 'What do you have for the web?' and their answer was, 'Nothing.' Read how they turned a negative into a positive. Great stuff for anyone who works on enterprise ... which is pretty much everyone here.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Serial narrative on N.O. homicide detectives

Times-Picayne has this running. Starts off with a lot of promise and Ch. 1 ends with a pretty good cliffhanger. Check it out.