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Covering The Amish

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In covering the shooting of five young girls at a schoolhouse in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., reporters encountered an enhanced version of the conflict that often arises between the media and residents of a community besieged by national attention. Correspondent Tracy Smith told us about her approach to the story, given the Amish culture's aversion to being photographed. The Washington Post's Deborah Howell takes on the issue today, speaking with some of the photographers and editors who managed the paper's coverage to find out how they approached the story.
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