After all, sometimes the best journalism is in the act of getting out of the way. And there is perhaps no better example of this than this link I was sent today.
I didn’t know who Shana Greatman Swers was. And, by all rights, I had no need to pry into her tragic world. Nor did I have any right to be a part of her husband’s grief, or the sadness of her friends and family.
And yet, it’s that family’s bravery that has made Shana’s story become more than a statistic. And it’s the invention of the Washington Post’s webteam which has put this story in a format which facilitates an impact which will leave you speechless.
UPDATE: Interestingly, Bobbie Johnson seems to see it from another angle – tweeting that the format of this seems “oddly impersonal”. I can see his point – the annotate format is something we’re more used to seeing for far more mundane subjects – but I can’t think of something more personal than seeing how a story unfolded as told by the people it affected the most. What do we think?