But Katrina did more than just displace them physically. It forced them to look at the biggest story of their careers -- and their roles as journalists -- in a vastly different way. They were not just observers of the story; they also were part of it -- as affected by Katrina as every storm survivor they interviewed. This time, it really was personal.
Now, weeks later, the results of their efforts have inspired this week's cover. The stories below are but a sampling of their fine work. Others are noted at the end of these stories, and all are available on-line. Each appears here through the generosity of the writers and the publications that benefited so greatly from their labors.
Some of the articles have been edited for space. Links to online versions of other works by staffers and contributors are provided at the end of this package.