Monday, May 22, 2006


The Minneapolis Star Tribune and reporter Maura Lerner have done a masterful job of following the fate of Abbigail and Isabelle Carlsen, the once-conjoined twins from Fargo who are recovering from separation surgery. This is a great example of how to use online multi-media resources to best tell a story. In addition to Lerner's beautiful three-part narrative of the girls' path to surgery, the STrib's Web site includes regular updates, a slideshow by photographer Joey McLeister accompanied by the voices of the girls' parents, information on where people can send donations, and links to Web sites about the girls created by their parents and by the Mayo Clinic, where the surgery was done. An audio interview of Lerner on how she reported the story is especially interesting. Thanks to faithful reader Brian Summers for the suggestion.


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