>A 7-year-old girl, unable to speak or feed herself, discovered in a filthy, roach-infested room, her diaper overflowing and her body covered with bites. How do you tell a story like this? Poynter’s St. Petersburg Times responded by clearing its Sunday features section and devoting six ad-free pages to a 6,500-word narrative and haunting photographs of the girl and her adoptive family.
Poynter Online News Editor Steve Myers takes a look into the whole writing process.
Earned a family’s trust and gained access to its most intimate moments
Collaborated with and depended on a team throughout the newsroom and company
Balanced unfettered access with compassion for the story’s subjects
Photo: Melissa Lyttle