Clearing the ice at the Belfast Curling Club.

Story Craft

The art of the obituary: It’s a dying one

February 21, 2017

As newsrooms shrink, a former obit writer mourns the loss of bustling staffs that took deadline dives into fascinating lives, and looks fondly at the New York Times piece marking the death of an old favorite, James Thurber

Narrative News

Meet the phone phreaks, the grandfathers of today’s hackers (Russian or otherwise)

February 17, 2017

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

Narrative News

A Saudi feminist’s spoken-word performance finds its power in protest

February 16, 2017

Filmmaker Waad Janbi combines her Arabic poetry with footage from the Women’s March in New York City to address her hopes and frustrations

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday! Ron Rosenbaum and “The Secrets of the Little Blue Box”

February 14, 2017

The writer talks about his eerily prescient 1971 Esquire classic about "phone phreaks," and how it inspired Steve Jobs (who later said, “If we hadn’t made blue boxes, there would have been no Apple.”)

Narrative News

Reporters who go deep — something we need more of in a time of national divisions (and short attention spans)

February 10, 2017

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Inara Verzemnieks and “Life in Obamacare’s Dead Zone”

February 9, 2017

The writer of the New York Times Magazine story about a subject fraught with politics talks about how narrative journalism has the power to transform the rhetoric into "a real story, a rich, full story"

Why is it great? This is exciting — a guest submission from Pulitzer Prize winner Maria Henson, whose series of editorials on battered women in Kentucky was awarded the prize for Editorial Writing in 1992. Read more

Narrative News

Get your piping hot National Magazine Awards winners right here!

February 7, 2017

Mother Jones wins big, nabbing Magazine of the Year and the reporting award for Shane Bauer's "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard"

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Ted Conover and “Immersion: A Writer’s Guide to Going Deep”

February 7, 2017

The journalist, who has spent the last 30 years immersing himself in others' lives, talks about going beyond the "cardboard versions" of people, and the ethics of undercover reporting

Narrative News

The future of journalism: amid all the fretting, having faith in the ability to move people

February 3, 2017

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

Story Craft

Trying to find the dividing line between “travel writing” and “writing about place”

February 2, 2017

Two-time Pulitzer winner Paul Salopek, now on a years-long trek that is "slow journalism" personified, and two others talk about storytelling that happens to involve travel