I found a story done by the New York Times in 1984 about geophagy in the South. Interesting read.
the lead – I am thinking about doing a soft lead or even a quote lead if I get a really outstanding quote that would hook the reader.
profiles of the main people – I definitely think the elderly, black lady Ms. Inez would be an interesting person to highlight. Not only is she in her nineties but has lived off the land to a greater extent than most people. She has a personality that could provide for a colorful story.
how something works – I want to explain start to finish the process of eating dirt. How they find it, how they eat it and why they eat it are all questions I want to explore in the story.
the history of the event – Geophagy is rooted in cultural tradition. I want to trace it back as far as I can and find out why it still exists.
I am toying around with the idea of doing video. I think it would be one of the best ways to actually capture what I’m describing. I also think the sources I have would definitely have strong personalities that could add a lot in a video package.
If the video element doesn’t work out, I want to have audio as one of the multimedia elements. The rich, southern voices of my sources would be able to shine through audio.
I think two or three photos would be good for the story. However, I don’t really have in mind a big slideshow or anything.
If I did a graphic, it would probably revolve around the health factor of the story.
I want my text to be descriptive and leap off the page for the reader. I think this story would be a good chance for a cultural tradition to be put in print form instead of just being passed down orally.