Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Old Neighborhood

Writing a compelling, nuanced profile can be tough to do. Writing a powerful profile of an entire block is an even greater accomplishment, which is what Rick Hampson of USA Today has managed to do. His "On Diverse Banks Street Sit the Pieces of Many Lives" tells the story of a street in New Orleans whose residents have scattered since Hurricane Katrina. In an impressive reporting feat, Hampson tracked them down from Memphis to Minneapolis and back to New Orleans to capture what has happened to their lives. By giving us a snapshot of what Katrina meant to one block, he tells a bigger story about what happened to the whole city.


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