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Cry Me A River... Of Ink

The “sob sisters” are making a comeback, writes Stephanie Shapiro in the American Journalism Review. “Newspapers have fallen in love with long narratives about fatal illnesses and disfiguring ailments, particularly when they involve children,” she says--and readers are responding to these stories that “often offer lessons in spiritual stamina and redemption.” Referencing recent long form disease-of-week pieces in the Los Angeles Times, Denver Post and Boston Globe, she notes that “the drama underlying these anguishing accounts has led to the creation of a subgenre of narrative journalism that often vies with hard news for A1 recognition in the country's most prestigious newspapers.”



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