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Featured in Features

There’s no sane, coherent way to collectively describe the feature stories coming out of  D.C-based publications these days. That’s because they’re all different, with no real theme, sometimes good, often weird. We took a gander at what several of you are featuring in your features.

The good- WaPo ran a column in its Lifestyle section Tuesday by reporter Howard Schneider about how he tracked down the owner of a random pink iPod he found. It was an iPod Shuffle, meaning returning it was likely more hassle than it was worth. Even so, Schneider put his reporting skills to good use and found the owner by finding an email address on one of the song files that was purchased through iTunes. Dar Maxwell, the owner, said she was glad “it was a cool playlist” on the iPod.

The kinky- The Daily Caller‘s Entertainment section doubled as a Victoria’s Secret catalog Wednesday. For no apparent reason, other than that it’s December, they ran a slideshow of female celebrities in skimpy Santa outfits. It wouldn’t be half bad if the photos were decent in quality. They mostly look like images captured on the screen of a 1997 Sharp TV. We’ve seen much better from them.

The ugly- The Washington Times published a simple AP story on Michael Douglas‘ son, Cameron, having a prison sentence nearly doubled from five years to nine-and-a-half years. It’s ugly because it’s boring. Also because Cameron looks like he’s melting. And what is with that awful star earring?

The lazy- Q&A format stories are only fitting if every word the interviewee says is interesting. Clearly this type of story should be used for very few people. And actress Holland Taylor isn’t one of them. Yet the Q&A format is how The Hill ran an interview with Holland about her role in a new play at the Kennedy Center. Her answers are long, monotonous and could easily be paraphrased or broken down into smaller quotes. Furthermore, the story is more than a week old and is still positioned prominently in The Hill‘s Capital Living section.

The noteworthy- The Washington Examiner ran a feature on Thursday about religious leaders in the city reaching out to Occupy D.C. protesters. Rev. Brian Merritt of Palisades Community Church keeps returning to Occupy camps to discuss faith despite getting “obscenity-laced tirades from some of [the protesters].” That’s called perseverance. Or insanity, depending on your religious leanings.

 

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