Monthly Archives: April 2010

News Detox

From Wayne Wood:Being away for a few days at the beach changes anybody’s perspective, I guess, but I would guess that the effect may be magnified for people in the news business. Normally I get two daily newspapers, subscribe to … Continue reading

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Robots!

From Leslie HastPhotographer Susan Urmy and I just got to observe a robotic prostate surgery performed by Joseph Smith, M.D. I’m working on a feature for the Reporter about all the robotic surgeries we do here at VUMC (everything from … Continue reading

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Great Writing, Hard Subject

From Wayne Wood:In the history of the Pulitzer Prizes, there is one person who has won the Pulitzer for Feature Writing twice: Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post. His work is a mixture of detailed, obsessive reporting, careful writing, compelling … Continue reading

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Good Guy Finishes First

from Kathy WhitneyWhile I did not get to watch much of the Masters on TV this weekend, I did follow the story of Phil Mickelson’s win with great interest. I have always thought that he seemed like an affable fellow … Continue reading

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How it’s done

From Wayne Wood:Publication editors are always working to write the perfect caption (in our jargon, a “cutline”) to describe what is happening in a photograph. Among the elements of a good cutline are accuracy, brevity, and a sense of adding … Continue reading

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Two thousand words

From Jessica Ennis:The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is certainly true of our talented photographers here at Vanderbilt. Two photos by photographer Joe Howell have been included as finalists for a national Children’s Miracle Network photo … Continue reading

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Running for a cause

by Rhonda KelleyAnyone who works at Vanderbilt or its surrounding area can guess the Country Music Marathon is quickly approaching. Spring is upon us and runners fill the streets at all times of day and night, training for the big race … Continue reading

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Ballerina Twirls

From Nancy HumphreyI’m pretty sure, because I’m the mother of three daughters, that it was this quote that got me:  “She started having trouble with ballerina twirls.”That came during a telephone interview with Alison Kirk, a Nashville mom who lost … Continue reading

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Stand up and scream, Sharon

“These are our servicemen and women!” Sharon said sounding pretty outraged.‘Preaching to the choir, I told her. I too couldn’t believe the media hadn’t taken the story on. Continue reading

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A Good Day at Work

From Wayne Wood:Photographer Joe Howell and I are back from a reporting trip to Owensboro, Ky. The story is for an upcoming issue of Vanderbilt’s House Organ, and is about a man and his family and their life after electrical … Continue reading

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