My gay marriage interactive feature has been published on Yahoo! News. When we published, I braced myself for an onslaught of negative email. But to my surprise, I have gotten nothing but positive feedback from readers.
This was a very difficult feature to put together, because it required just the right tone and nuance. My editor, the graphics editor, and I toiled over it, and went back and forth on the content and the details for two weeks.
Some of the trickier aspects of the interactive were how much of the political debate over gay marriage to include in the piece, and to what extent it should be about the lives of the people featured. In the end, we figured out how to tell the stories of four people’s lives with objective distance, matter-of-fact clarity, and still manage to inject empathy and narrative. That was a Herculean task.