It’s no secret to anyone who has been around me much that Lawrence Journal-World senior editor Bill Snead is one of my favorite journalists in the world. I love the guy and his work is an inspiration to me.
A couple of years ago, I even blogged about why I thought Bill was the best multimedia journalist I’ve ever met.
About a week ago, I got an e-mail from Bill saying that his latest project had just been posted on LJWorld.com.
It’s called “My Cancer, My Story: Kathy’s Long Journey” and it’s classic Snead.
Great writing. Powerful photos. Extremely well-done multimedia components, including a Flash slide show with audio and some very nice video pieces.
Here is the description of this project directly from the site:
For nearly 2 years, Bill Snead got to spend time with Kathy Jardon when she was dealing with treatments and emotional stress in her fight against anal cancer. In the process, the two shared and compared their experiences with the disease. Along the way Snead took notes and photographs, documenting Kathy’s rough journey and her bravery. His narrative with these photos recounts his personal observations of her ordeal.
It’s just a gorgeous package. Bill is an amazing journalist, and the web editors and designers at LJWorld.com did a beautiful job pulling it all together.
I don’t care what medium it’s in, this is great local journalism.
While I was at the Lawrence Journal-World, I learned more about connecting with readers from Bill Snead than at any other time in my career. Working with him was a blessing and gift for me.
And I’m feeling all sorts of blessed again. Bill is taking a short leave from the Journal-World to come back to Washington, D.C.
Over the next few months, our team once again will be working with Bill on local projects — this time for The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com.
We can’t wait to get started.