As I’ve been doing research on Alicia, I’ve come across responses to her series in the professional journalist community. When Alicia’s Story was being published over a period of several weeks in 2005, there were emotional responses from people who themselves had faced cancer or had lost a loved one, had been inspired by her writing, or just connected to Alicia in some powerful emotional way.
While I’m sure some in the professional journalism community connected or reacted in a similar manner, it was interesting for me to read critques (both positive and negative) about the series.
If you’re interested in reading some posts or professional discussions on the series, please see below.
Below the Fold (6/11/05): http://belowthefold.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/06/alicias_story_b.html
Citizen Paine (6/13/05): http://www.citizenpaine.com/2005/06/reaction_to_ali.html
Alicia mentioned in an American Journalism Review story about newspapers and stories about fatal illnesses ( June/July 2006): http://www.ijpc.org/Return%20of%20the%20Sob%20Sisters%20-%20American%20Journalism%20Review.htm
Thread on sportsjournalists.com about the series (July 2006): http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/index.php?topic=29078.0
Finally, an article in the Chronicle published some letters to the editor in response to the series (6/12/05): http://www.sfchron.com/cgi-bin/article/article?f=/c/a/2005/06/12/MNGJND7G5V1.DTL