Why is it great? This week we’re spotlighting stellar literary journalism about America’s gun violence epidemic, and this stunning story by Eli Saslow takes an intimate, often uncomfortably close look at the life of a shooting victim after all the headlines have faded and the country’s attention has moved on to the latest massacre. You could say that Saslow embeds himself in the life of 16-year-old Cheyeanne Fitzgerald. This sentence seems to encapsulate the entire piece: the realization that she has no control over her life, the anger over a life disrupted, the fear that threatens to subsume the life left in the ruins. (Read the Storyboard interview with Saslow about the story here.)

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5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Bonnie Ford and “The Promise Rio Couldn’t Keep”

June 22, 2017

As other outlets predicted disaster for the 2016 Olympics water events, the writer for ESPN's Outside the Lines painted a picture more reflective of the lived human experience than a purely data-driven one

Notable Narratives

Notable Narrative: Susan Dominus and “Is an Open Marriage a Happier Marriage?”

June 20, 2017

The New York Times Magazine writer talks about how her controversial story changed her views on non-monogamy -- and made her appreciate her own marriage more

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Narrative News

Now’s a good time to read some highlights of the global effort to honor Javier Valdez

June 15, 2017

Journalists came together to voice their outrage over the Mexican journalist's murder with a campaign called #ourvoiceisourstrength

5 Questions

Honoring Mexican journalist Javier Valdez: Today, and always, our voice is our strength

June 15, 2017

Ricardo Sandoval Palos talks about why he helped organize a global campaign to speak out against violence a month after the muckraker's assassination

Tomorrow, Storyboard and its sister Nieman Foundation outlets, Nieman Lab and Nieman Reports, will join journalists and writers the world over to honor the incredibly brave Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas on the one-month … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday! Mac McClelland and “Delusion Is the Thing With Feathers”

June 13, 2017

The writer talks about her hilariously awful trip with extreme birders for Audubon, and her bold choice of having a paragraph consisting of a single exclamation point

Narrative News

“The charm and the pain and the humanity” — what great storytelling is all about

June 9, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

5 Questions

5 Questions: Talal Ansari and “Welcome to America: Now Spy on Your Friends”

June 8, 2017

"I think it opened the eyes of people who are so far removed from this kind of world," the BuzzFeed News writer says of his piece about FBI agents pressuring Muslim immigrants to become informants

Why is it great? It’s graduation season, so it seemed like a perfect time to revisit this beautiful commencement speech that the writer George Saunders gave at Syracuse University four years ago. It may … Read more

Story Craft

In Arab world, an ancient tradition of oral storytelling gets a 21st century spin

June 6, 2017

In the past, "hakawati" would recount legends or fables; today, Moth-like events often tackle social issues or process trauma from war