"Told in spare, chronological snapshots of one week in July, the cumulative effect is an overpowering portrait of a region struggling to confront a crisis. The piece’s subhed reads, 'This is what an epidemic looks like,' and that’s what it delivers," Vernon writes. The Enquirer's departing editor, Peter Bhatia, wrote that the paper was careful not to take sides on the cost of battling addiction. "Rather, we set out to understand how it unfolds day in and day out."
|Pregnant inmates walk into the Northern Kentucky Med Clinic in Covington where they receive methadone and counseling. (Cincinnati Enquirer photo by Liz Dufour)|
Vernon says their work has created a template that other Gannett papers should emulate in covering other large, difficult-to-encapsulate topics. And there's no reason that non-Gannett, non-chain papers can't do similar work, if they have the resources and the commitment. The Enquirer shows the way.