Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: How to break into The California Sunday Magazine

February 20, 2018

Editor Douglas McGray doles out a million great tips and insights, including the possibly scary, "We really put a lot of weight on the pitch."

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday: Elizabeth Weil and “The Curse of the Bahia Emerald”

January 9, 2018

The writer talks about her Coen Brothers-ish caper in Wired, the importance of voice, and her fondness for "poignant, hapless conmen who can't let go"

Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: a veteran freelancer on pitching The New York Times Magazine and more

December 19, 2017

Reporter (and editor) Paul Tullis has been on both sides of the pitching process; here, he annotates his "Into the Wildfires" proposal

Annotation Tuesday!

Matthew Pearl and “Into the Shadows” (Filed under: You can’t make this stuff up)

November 28, 2017

The historical novelist talks about his Boston Globe Magazine yarn and how he answered the question, "Who were America's first detectives?"

Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: How to get the attention of a senior editor at Smithsonian Magazine

November 14, 2017

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz says of story pitches she accepts: "There has to be something surprising and narratively interesting there."

Annotation Tuesday!

Vice News correspondent Elle Reeve and “Charlottesville: Race and Terror”

October 24, 2017

The reporter shares some of the decisions that went into making the chilling documentary that goes behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders

Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: Jason Fagone on Landing “The Willy Wonka of Pot” in Grantland

October 10, 2017

As we launch a series about the mystical art of pitching longform stories, the longtime freelancer does the coolest thing: He annotates one of his own

Annotation Tuesday!

Ellen Barry and “How to Get Away with Murder in Small-Town India”

October 3, 2017

The New York Times foreign correspondent talks about her sensational last story from India, in which she uses first person to unparalleled effect

Annotation Tuesday!

Thomas Curwen and “Surgeon races to save a life during L.A.’s shooting season”

June 27, 2017

The Los Angeles Times writer, who watched a doctor operate on a teen gunshot victim, talks about his enduring passion for stories that depict “the split-second events that change the predictable course of life"

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

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday! Kent Russell and “They Burn Witches Here”

April 11, 2017

The writer talks about his Huffington Post Highline piece on ritualistic killings in Papua New Guinea -- and the differences between scapegoating in philosophy and in blood-curdling real life

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Annotation Tuesday! Rich Schapiro and “The True Story of the Fugitive Drug Smuggler Who Became an Environmental Hero”

March 21, 2017

The writer, who splits his time between tabloid reporting and deep dives, talks about how one prepares him for the other. (And kudos to Outside magazine, on a longform roll.)