This story is a powerhouse of facts, statistics and emotions.
Natalie Weiner and SB Nation make me thankful that there are still writers who can report the heck out of a story, and that there are publications that make time and space for it.
The reporting of this story is fantastic because, not only does it reveal information I did not know until I read it, but it also evokes fantastic quotes and narratives from the subjects. The writing is descriptive and sharp without being overdone, without the writer inserting herself. Weiner lays bare the language of tragedy and triumph, all while vividly bringing her audience into a world most of us don't know.
My students would learn much about style and reporting if they read it. I'm better for having read it. We all should read it.
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Molly Yanity, Ph.D.