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.)

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Annotation Tuesday! Christopher Solomon and “The Detective of Northern Oddities”

February 28, 2017

For his piece in Outside magazine, the writer talks about the trickiness of reporting on climate change and the importance of pacing: "readers can feel when the story loses its sense of the music, its forward progress"

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.”)

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Annotation Tuesday! Adrian Chen and “Unfollow”

January 31, 2017

The New Yorker writer talks about his story on the awakening of a daughter of the reviled Westboro Baptist Church, calling it "a culmination of things I was writing about at Gawker — explaining things that seemed really horrible"

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Annotation Tuesday! Chris Hamby and “The Court That Rules the World”

January 24, 2017

The BuzzFeed News reporter talks about reporting a story that's hiding in plain sight, and not being intimidated by complicated subjects