I spent some quality time with one of my very favorite publications this weekend, Outside Magazine. In their December issue, the same month Rolling Stone published their UVA story, they published this incredible piece of powerful journalism, done well and done right. It goes after a powerful organization with a culture of silence and shame.
The central figure in the narrative not only gives her full name, she’s photographed. And the story’s narrative clearly discusses how her story came out over years, and how it changed as she came to terms with the psychological affects of her experience. How she rationalized it, how she changed it into different scenarios to make it more acceptable, and how she finally came to terms with the whole gory thing, came forward, and began her pursuit of justice to protect others like herself. And how the establishment is fighting her in that pursuit.
As far as I can tell, the story has gotten virtually no attention by other media, scholars and critics of Rolling Stone, and the wider public.
I share it for all those who joined in our discussions here and elsewhere. Journalists, pass it on.