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April 23rd, 2015

Drawing Through Tears

Washington Post graphics editor and sketch journalist Richard Johnson has published a compelling narrative about documenting the penalty phase of the Tsarnaev trial. The professional discipline required to report on such a story comes at a great emotional cost. Sitting in the back of the courtroom, Johnson complains about being forced to use binoculars at times for this assignment. He writes, “There was a succession of witnesses each of which I had to draw and listen to while getting the odd quote from and each one with an important, harrowing and sad story. Grown men cried and it turns out that drawing through binoculars is easy but drawing through tears not so much”. Read Richard Johnson’s full report here: http://wapo.st/1EtM88c

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