Why's This So Good?

Why’s This So Good: Fidel Castro and the art of the obit

November 28, 2016

A roundup of some of the top obituaries reveals the craft involved (and, in the case of the long-lived Cuban leader, the endless updating and rewriting)

5 Questions

5 Questions: Pop-Up Magazine’s Doug McGray and the pleasures of live storytelling

November 25, 2016

The editor of the ephemeral multimedia performances talks about bringing journalism to life onstage, and meeting the coolest people in the audiences

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Bill Sanderson and the JFK assassination “Bulletins from Dallas”

November 22, 2016

The new biography of UPI reporter Merriman "Smitty" Smith, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the biggest political shocker of the 20th century, has so much journalism drama it could be a "Spotlight"-type movie

Why's This So Good?

Why’s This So Good? Randy Potts and “The Bible Went Down With The Birdie Jean”

November 17, 2016

The serialized Instagram memoir about the writer's life as televangelist Oral Roberts' gay grandson harnesses the episodic experience of the site with purposeful freedom

Just in time for the weekend, here’s a little list of some of the things I’ve been listening to and reading this week, some of it online — Storyboard included, natch — and some of … Read more

Digital Storytelling

Old meets new: The power of a Facebook Live experiment with Kodachrome

November 15, 2016

New York Times reporter Deborah Acosta follows a trail of cast-off slides, and engages with readers in real time to solve a mystery. So cool!

Why's This So Good?

Why’s This So (Damn) Good (and Topical)? David Foster Wallace and “McCain’s Promise”

November 8, 2016

The late writer, who went on the 2000 campaign bus "with a whole bunch of actual reporters," makes the case for voting in a cynical time -- and seems to prophesy Trump

Narrative News

The election of Donald Trump and the death of Leonard Cohen: an intersection

November 11, 2016

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

From Nieman Reports

Shifting the Focus

November 10, 2016

Short, powerful documentaries are on the rise as news outlets compete for hearts and minds

5 Questions

5 Questions: Alex Tizon and “In the Land of Missing Persons”

November 3, 2016

The journalist talks about his Atlantic piece on two men named Richard who disappeared in Alaska: "The whole story was full of human flaws and frailties"

Narrative News

Learning about writing from Fred Astaire and Beyoncé, and a “Passport” to dread

November 4, 2016

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

Story Craft

Author Caroline Paul: “Adventures are simply stories in action”

November 1, 2016

The former firefighter (and failed luge superstar) talks about learning things the hard way -- and using that in her storytelling