Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Why did this simple story about an apology become so much more?

If you haven't read Tom Hallman's story in The Oregonian about a man who tried very hard to apologize to a teacher for something that had happened years earlier, please do. It's a great story. It's emotional and it will resonate with everyone who reads it in a very personal way.

Here are some great thoughts from Maria Carillo, a great narrative story editor who is managing editor of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, about what makes Hallman's story so good, via Nieman Storyboard.

From Maria: "Tom's story ... has a level of intimacy that we should strive for as journalists. What stops us?"