PAULINE’S PICKS: WashingtonPost.com Creates Multimedia Story About A Special Cheer Squad

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By: Pauline Millard

Everyone likes a feel-good story, and so I was pleased to come across a multimedia piece on the Washingtonpost.com about a cheerleading team for girls with special needs.

It’s a great story to begin with, and writer Donna St. George wrote a print piece about the program and the girls who are in it. The girls have disabilities such as Down Syndrome and Autism, but still want to compete.

Naturally most readfers want to see what the cheer routines look like. Sure enough, The Washington Post added a five-minute video of one of the routines from a recent competition, which was just as high energy as anything you would see on ESPN cheerleading comepetition.

With all the extra shots from the print story, The Washington Post put together a photo gallery of the girls when they rehearsed, when they got their medals, and when they’re together, just hanging out. It’s very touching and most of all, it’s a great blend of everything that the web can add to a story.

What web features has your paper used for stories? I would love to see them.

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