Joshua Hammer started his foreign correspondent’s life as a rotating bureau chief for Newsweek from 1992 to 2006. He’s now a contributing editor to Smithsonian and Outside magazines, and contributes frequently to the New York Review of Books. He’s written for The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, among others. He was also a 2005 Nieman Fellow.

Joshua Hammer

Joshua Hammer

Despite these glossy magazine chops, the story that earned Hammer the 2016 National Magazine Award for Reporting appeared in Matter, a digital-only publisher of longform journalism. The piece, “My Nurses Are Dead and I Don’t Know If I’m Already Infected,” tells the story of Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, a Sierra Leonean physician and tropical diseases specialist, who led the effort to control the Ebola outbreak from the country’s Kenema Government Hospital, in the heart of the disease’s hot zone. Hammer says winning the ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors) award surprised him, in part because when he wrote the story, he wasn’t sure what kind of visibility Matter would have. But he loved Matter’s openness to a long piece (it eventually ran … Read More

I first met Teju Cole under a tree strung with white lights. It was six years ago, at a book party in lower Manhattan, at the apartment of someone fortunate enough to have a backyard. Read more

John Sack is an integral part of Esquire lore. This was the guy who sneaked aboard an American landing ship during the Korean War to interview Chinese POWs; the guy who shadowed the grunts of … Read more

Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller found themselves in the odd position of moving from competitors to collaborators, over the course of a phone call or two and a few emails. Miller says calling the … Read more

Emily Yoffe When Emily Yoffe started looking into the issue of young men being expelled from colleges over alleged sexual assaults, she had in mind writing a “cheeky” 2,500-word … Read more

We just posted our 100th “Why’s This So Good?,” Abeer Najjar’s look at the Susan Dominus story in the New York Times Magazine, “Hana.” Nearly twice a month since … Read more

Happy Narrative New Year! If you resolved to get better at narrative in 2016, or even just to figure out what it is, here's a list of conferences and workshops where you can listen, learn… Read more

To help celebrate Floyd Patterson’s birthday, let’s turn for a moment to Esquire Hall of Famer Gay Talese, who called Patterson a “writer’s dream.” Esquire Classic: You wrote more than thirty stories … Read more

A good story transports its audience to the scene of the action. The classics of narrative nonfiction are memorable because they find the words that put the reader in the author’s shoes, witnessing the key … Read more

Jake Silverstein started editing the New York Times Magazine in May 2014, after six years editing Texas Monthly. During Silverstein’s tenure as editor, then editor-in-chief at Texas Monthly,the magazine was a finalist for 15 National Magazine … Read more

Refugee children usually appear in the news media because they’ve died in a shocking accident, or they’re seen as a threat to the social order or the security of a nation where they’ve fled. In … Read more

From Nieman Reports

Harnessing the Power of Video Games for Journalism

January 11, 2016

News-based games have tremendous storytelling potential. So why aren’t more news outlets making them?

Anthony Ronzio Gabor Degre/BDN Over the past two years the Bangor Daily News, a small-town newspaper in central Maine, has made a name … Read more