In selecting David Finkel for one of its "genius" grants in 2012, the MacArthur Foundation described him as "a journalist whose finely honed methods of immersion reporting and empathy for often-overlooked lives yield stories that transform readers’ understanding of the difficult subjects he depicts." Finkel, the Washington Post's national enterprise editor, followed an infantry battalion deployed to Iraq in his 2009 book,"The Good Soldiers," which was named one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times. A second book in 2013, "Thank You for Your Service," traced the struggles of those soldiers as they returned to their lives at home. He also won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for a series of stories in the Post about American efforts to bring democracy to Yemen. Finkel spoke recently with the current class of Nieman fellows and sat down with Storyboard afterward to continue the conversation. Following are edited excerpts of those discussions:

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Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah and I met recently in her Brooklyn apartment to talk about “If He Hollers Let Him Go." Her story, which is and isn't about comedian Dave Chappelle, ran in the October 2013 issue of… Read more

No wonder Jill Lepore describes herself as a "code-switcher." She's both a prize-winning professor of history at Harvard University and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. Her most recent book, "Book of Ages:… Read more

For this weekend's selections, Storyboard recommends reading about writing; we're highlighting some recent articles that feature advice from authors whose worlds range from horror to science to journalism. Read more

Editor's Note: Welcome to the newest installment of "Writing the Book," an occasional Storyboard feature in which journalists turned authors discuss the challenges of creating their work. In this essay, freelancer and 2013 Nieman affiliate… Read more

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October 3, 2014

3 (Stories) for 2 (Days): Storyboard's weekend picks

Almost anyone who loves narrative journalism or music or social experiments or who simply believes that children are wiser than adults knows the Gene Weingarten story “Pearls Before Breakfast.” In this Washington Post magazine … Read more

Here's a highly curated list for you. Robert Atwan, the editor of the "Best American Essays" series, has selected for the Publishers Weekly website his top 10 essays since 1950. Atwan is careful to point out… Read more

If you’ve read Meghan Daum’s terrific essay in the Sept. 29 New Yorker on her decision to remain childless (one of Storyboard’s most recent weekend picks), you’ll want to take … Read more

Here are Storyboard’s three picks for your reading, viewing and dancing pleasure this weekend: In an essay entitled “Difference Maker: The childless, the parentless, and the Central Sadness,” Meghan Daum writes in the Sept. Read more

Finding the Tribe

September 11, 2014

After a false start in the mid-2000s, podcasts are making a comeback. Can journalists find the business models to make them viable?

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September 11, 2014

“Strangers” Host/Producer: Lea Thau Through conversations about life and death, love and heartbreak, and everything in between, people share the most intimate stories about their lives. Read more

Welcome to the second session of our discussion with narrative instructors about the stories they’re assigning students this fall. If you missed Monday’s recommendations from Alex Kotlowitz, Doug Foster and Kelley Benham French, you can … Read more