Outstanding Coverage of Pioneer Trek in North Carolina’s Largest Newspaper


They slogged through the same mud, waded through the same rain-swollen streams, witnessed the same Blue Ridge vistas when the sun occasionally broke through, ate (or chose to decline) the same peanut butter and jelly on homemade bread sandwiches for lunch, and used the same porta-potties as 384 teenagers and 143 adults. And on the final day, one even donned a long skirt.

A News Desk reporter and staff photojournalist from The News & Observer, eastern North Carolina’s largest daily newspaper, were “embedded” journalists on the Raleigh North Carolina Stake’s four-day handcart trek on the J. Willard Marriott Ranch in Fauquier County, Virginia on June 11th through 14th.

Their feature article covered three pages of the Sunday paper and included eight color photos, one larger than an 8′ x 11′ portrait. Their multimedia flash production intertwined more than 20 additional photos with actual sounds from the handcart trek, a narration by the photographer herself and amazingly corresponding quotes from real 19th-century Mormon pioneers who were teenagers when they crossed the plains.

Click here to view the multimedia flash presentation: http://www.newsobserver.com/mormontrek/index.html

(software your computer will need in order to view the flash presentation are downloadable from either Macromedia Flash Player, Real Audio, Quick Time player – click on http://www.newsobserver.com/gallery/ and scroll to the bottom of the page for links to access free downloads of these software tools)

Click here to read the article online at: http://www.newsobserver.com/front/story/2639834p-2448165c.html


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