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The evolution of wartime journalists in Syria: from activists to reporters

January 25, 2018

Six years ago, the staff of Enab Baladi bore (angry) witness to the devastation of their communities; today, they cover stories the international media can't

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As Saudi Arabia modernizes, an expat child of its “Little America” creates a time capsule

January 23, 2018

In "Aramco: Above the Oil Fields," photographer Ayesha Malik finds the beautiful in the ordinary of its past -- and present

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5 Tips for Journalists Covering Mental and Behavioral Health

January 18, 2018

Reporters too often fall back on dated stereotypes, distort the nature of illnesses and recovery and rely on shaky sources, speakers at workshop say

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Start 2018 out right with some literary journalism conferences and workshops

January 4, 2018

Beginning with The Power of Narrative's "Telling True Stories in Turbulent Times," learn how to hone your skills this year (and take a fun trip too)

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Poetry finds a (calming) home in the hurly-burly of 21st century New York

December 7, 2017

The Poets House is a hidden literary gem in the city where an "old-fashioned" art and nonfiction thrive -- and marginalized voices can learn to freely speak

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Finding lessons for literary journalism in the poetry of Rust Belt chronicler Phil Levine

December 5, 2017

 His poems about his hometown, Detroit, were almost cinematic in a precision of detail that would embarrass the most economic writer

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Documentary film as “home movie”: Going beyond a public face to reveal a private one

September 19, 2017

Two films at the Camden International Film Festival in midcoast Maine explore universal truths through the intimacy of family -- with love, and with shame

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How a midcareer print writer mastered the “magic stick” in a 9-week radio Hogwarts

August 8, 2017

A former Los Angeles Times reporter says the Transom immersive training program changed her (and also made her a stronger narrative writer)

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Katherine Boo’s 15 rules for narrative nonfiction — now this is a “must-read”

July 25, 2017

At the Mayborn Conference for storytellers, the Pulitzer winner warns against falling in love with the craft too much, and says that “getting it right matters way more than whether you can make people care”

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In a South African cookbook-memory book, recapturing a life that was lost to apartheid

July 20, 2017

"Huis Kombuis" offers an old-fashioned spin on multimedia storytelling: a collective memoir with lovingly hand-stitched recipes honoring a demolished neighborhood -- and a past that couldn't be destroyed

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In Arab world, an ancient tradition of oral storytelling gets a 21st century spin

June 6, 2017

In the past, "hakawati" would recount legends or fables; today, Moth-like events often tackle social issues or process trauma from war

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The truth must be told: a conversation with slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez

May 22, 2017

In this translation of a haunting interview given just months before he was gunned down, the crusading reporter talks of telling "stories of love in the midst of corpses hanging from the bridges"