Every week, I shine the spotlight on some of the best storytelling in the business and offer my comments. “3 Great Stories of the Week” will post every Monday at 8 AM.
A significant role of the media is to chronicle the major events of our society.
If something captures the attention of the nation this week, I should ideally be able to look back in five years and remember how we all discussed and covered it.
And I should also be able to relive how the various spectacles and sideshows that surrounded it.
In the moment, though, we tend to share the spectacles and sideshows as much as the actual events.
This past Friday, 14-seed Mercer stunned the Duke Blue Devils in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Online the following day, I saw a slew of articles getting shared about it — not about the game, but about what made it more than a game.
Here are three such stories that did their job exceedingly well:
Duke loses, world wins (3/21/14, New Yorker): How strange for staffers at the New Yorker to see this article atop its “Most E-Mailed” list.
Despite some strong competition in the Top 5, this was Number 1.