Tiara Etheridge, a staff writer for The Daily at the University of Oklahoma, wrote a powerful story last month about her mother's experience with mental illness.
The first-person piece deftly weaves together Etheridge's personal experiences with facts about mental illness. She notes that Oklahoma has among the highest rates of mental illness, "with 13.26 percent of residents 18 years old and older having experienced a severe mental disorder."
It's a great example of using a difficult personal experience to educate and enlighten readers. It's also a terrific piece of writing.
Thanks to Kenna Griffin for calling the piece to our attention in her blog, The KRG, A Practical Resource for Student Journalists.