The three components of this story about substance use total more than 5000 words and took over 30 hours to write. The various stories in this package includes a main story published in El Estoque’s Dec. magazine about a former student’s experience with drugs and a print column on my experiences in creating this story as well as an online package including another student’s experience with drugs and various experts’ opinions on drugs. Look below for a glimpse of the main story.
She fiddles with the tab on her green tea soda can, tapping her fingers on the table. She glances around a little apprehensively at the people seated at the tables nearby in the Olive Court – perhaps the location is a little too close to the MVHS main office for comfort. Before we start the interview, I tell her that everything she says will be completely anonymous. She double checks. “Not the grade?”