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NYTimes Nicholas Kristof: Help Tell Chad’s Story

This comes under the heading, if only I had the time. Jeff Jarvis explains it best: The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof makes an amazing offer to his readers: ‘Remix me’. Read Jarvis to see the potential and all the problem with the Times Select firewall. Any how, here is what Kristof writes:

Stories can be told in countless ways and understood in countless forms. Here’s an invitation to try your hand at a little interactive journalism.

Here’s a link to a collection of columns, videos, and photographs from my recent trip to Chad to covering the spread of the genocide in Darfur. Take a look at the material and, if you’re interested, I’d like to see how you would’ve told the story. Use some of the quotes, the stories, the facts and weave together your own column, essay, article – or some other kind of quilt. I can imagine someone writing a poem, a song, a map, video or audio slide show. Don’t let convention get in the way of your storytelling. And don’t feel as if it needs to be long; hey, a haiku is sometimes more effective than an epic.

I’m eager to see how you’d approach things – what you’d do differently. I hope you do better – these stories are too important to
be told only once.

Please use this form to send me your story by Jan. 10. If it’s a multimedia presentation send us the link via the form. The best will posted here in “On the Ground.”

Me talking to myself: Look Len, it’s Christmas. Give it a break. Put the computer aside. No experimenting with this fantastic offer. Do you hear me? I said, Do you hear me? Len? Len?

* This is one of The New York Times photos, many of the rest are hard to look at.

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