Reporters on the Job
• A 'Down Dog' Lead: Where do journalists get their story ideas? Today's story about a former Roman Catholic nun helping abused women in northern Mexico can be traced back to a tip that staff writer Sara Miller Llana got from her Mexico City yoga class. "A woman in the class told me about an organization in called "Semillas" or Seeds," she says.
Sara did a little research, found that the women's rights group was supporting the efforts of the "Ants" in Ciudad Juárez. During her last trip to the US-Mexico border, Sara went to investigate.
Since the story was published, the lawyer decided to delay filing a lawsuit on behalf of the parents whose children were killed when the Juyuan Middle School collapsed. He wanted an extra week to decide how best to proceed.
Meanwhile, he says, angry parents went to the local courthouse to seek more legal information – not to file a lawsuit , as reported by many media outlets. But they were kept away from the court by armed police.
• Food for Cambodia: In the May 21 article, "Rising price of rice keeps U.N. scrambling to feed world's hungry," we reported that the World Food Program was ending its free breakfasts for poor Cambodian schoolchildren. On Tuesday, the WFP announced that it would boost food aid by $1.2 billion in 62 countries, including restarting the meal program for 250,000 Cambodian children.
– David Clark Scott