Tuesday, 13 April 2010

A masterclass in feature-writing

A scan through the Pulitzer Prize winners shows that American newspaper journalism is alive and kicking. But there is none better than Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a child in the backseat of a car is a horrifying mistake. Is it a crime? by Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post who won the feature-writing award. It's a piece that should be studied by all budding feature-writers for its structure, tone, pace and eye for detail. A harrowing story, dealt with beautifully. 
Footnote: As we continue to look at ways to resurrect the Regional Press Awards this year, where the winners traditionally receive a small trophy, it is interesting to note that the Pulitzer winners, all 22 of them, win $10,000.  

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