The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


February 24, 2014

Scott Underwood: Special report illuminates meth problem in Madison County


Heather’s three full-page graphics cite statistics to illuminate the impact of meth in Madison County and across Indiana, while telling the history of methamphetamine and its effects on the body and mind.

Don and John’s photos portray the former meth users as real people who have come through hell to look ahead with renewed hope to the future. Andy’s videos give voice to the former users and to local authorities.

Lastly, Allison created a newsy design for the series that matches the seriousness of the subject matter. Good page design is essential to draw the reader’s attention.

One other thought about our special report: Some readers might feel that we have glorified meth use by bringing it into the full light of day. But the truth is, anyone who reads this series could not possibly see meth use as anything but horrifying.

Editor Scott Underwood’s column appears Mondays.

Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @THBeditor. Contact him at or 640-4845.

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