Monday, May 01, 2006

Fields of Dreams

Norm Heikens and J.K. Wall of the Indianapolis Star capture the emotions and the economics of the age-old clash between rural and city life in their Sunday story "Green Acres." Wall and Heikens trace the agonizing decisions farmers such as David Doles near Greensburg, Indiana, must make whether to sell their beloved family land to make room for a factory. This is a nice example of how to humanize a business story. It's full of dollars and trends, but mostly it's about people trying to decide what matters most to them in life. The accompanying video by Mike Fender is also worth a look.


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