More details, depth would make this good pub great

Brevity is important, but don’t cut out the hearts of your stories.

Brevity is important, but don’t cut out the hearts of your stories

The two employee profiles that lead off the July/August 2007 issue are too short. Skillfully written, but too short. The profile of Martha Skender begs for these questions to be answered: Why is M.D. Anderson’s post-doctoral program the top workplace for post-doctoral students in the United States? What was Skender’s role in procuring that lofty rating for Anderson’s post-doctoral program? What has she observed in her volunteer work as a floor host who visits inpatients at M.D. Anderson one night a week?

The portrait on the very next page is even more interesting. Dr. Benjamin Lichtiger, chairman of laboratory medicine, comes across as a proud, sensitive, kind and unusually humble (for a departmental chairman in a big research hospital) administrator with an M.D., and a man whose surface, like Martha Skender’s, was only scratched by the reporter, David Berkowitz. I wish Berkowitz had been given three or four pages to plumb the depths of Dr. Lichtiger’s mind.

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