Deconstructing MoJo’s Haiti Reconstruction Story

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Last week, Andrea Pitzer, the editor of Nieman Storyboard, a project of Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, sent me an email. “Each month, we pick one outstanding narrative that is then poked and prodded by a group of top editors from around the US to see how it ticks,” she wrote. This month, they picked my feature “Aftershocks: Welcome to Haiti’s Reconstruction Hell.” 

Pitzer promised that being dissected by the editors would be “a little like getting an ice cream sundae while being beaten with a stick.” Indeed, some of their comments are flattering, some of them harsh, some bitingly true and then some, in my opinion, a little off the mark. If you’ve read the piece and want to see if you agree with the experts, check out the roundtable here.

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