|| Around the Web || The Marshall Project and 'An Unbelievable Story of Rape'
We may be late to the game here but a few weeks ago we stumbled across The Marshal Project. Described by editor (ex-New York Times reporter of 30 years) Bill Keller as a ‘non-profit newsroom devoted to coverage of the American criminal justice system’, the site is packed with fascinating stories which are all free to access. The articles vary between commentary, features and news, and include ‘quick reads’ that feature the amount of time it will take you to read them.
The feature which caught our eye and then got us hooked was a collaboration with ProPublica (another awesome source of public interest journalism) reported by By Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller, An Unbelievable Story of Rape. It is the story of a deeply flawed rape investigation, written in a totally captivating manner by some very skilled reporters. The story itself is pretty astounding but the story telling of the reporters, their choice of structure and the way they write really sets this apart as an incredible piece.
Also – for those interested in the storytelling behind the piece, there is a great interview on Poynter with Joe Sexton a senior editor with ProPublica that goes into a bit of depth about the story and some of the storytelling decisions made by the writers and editors.
The Marshall Project, ProPublica and This American Life also collaborated to create episode 581 Anatomy of Doubt.