Why is it great? This line, from the poet Elizabeth Alexander’s beautiful memoir about the death of her husband, knocked me out on a couple levels. First, I had no idea that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were best friends, and there’s something wonderful about the mere fact of this. And second, it’s incredibly moving that Ford actually captured his friend’s last breath and put it in a test tube. It’s this beautiful combination of science and love. And finally, I love the rhythm of those last words, “kept it evermore.” Like a fairy tale about enduring friendship.


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Shifting the Focus

November 10, 2016

Short, powerful documentaries are on the rise as news outlets compete for hearts and minds

As the 1960s came to an end, America was on the brink of a revolution, with the ascendant counterculture challenging nearly every aspect of American society at home while the Vietnam War continued to wage … Read more

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The Power of Oral History as Journalism

May 5, 2016

First-person reports about Bill Cosby and Chernobyl bring new attention to an old form of storytelling

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Journalism and Art: Complementary and Collaborative Storytelling

March 28, 2016

As journalists use art to bring stories off the page, artists adopt reporting techniques to address social issues

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Harnessing the Power of Video Games for Journalism

January 11, 2016

News-based games have tremendous storytelling potential. So why aren’t more news outlets making them?

E.L. Doctorow’s short-lived reporting career started (and ended) with a journalism course in high school, when one of his assignments was about to run in the school paper. A lively, detailed interview with a Carnegie … Read more

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The Narrative Appeal of Documentary Theater

July 29, 2015

Why journalists are turning to playwriting to express the 'dramatic truth' at the heart of their stories

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Exploring the Rise of Live Journalism

May 7, 2015

Walking tours, workshops, and other live events bring narrative reporting and writing from the page to the stage

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Virtual Reality Lets the Audience Step into the Story

March 19, 2015

Journalists and documentary filmmakers are using new technologies to foster immersive storytelling

In 2011, as the Arab Spring dawned, young Lebanese journalist Ibrahim Nehme yearned to play a role in the changes sweeping the Middle East. The region’s print media, he believed, didn’t measure up to … Read more

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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?

On Thursday, we ran Part 1 of Robert Caro’s conversation with the Washington Post’s Anne Hull, on reporting, sacrifice, sources and finding book projects. Today, in the second and final part, Caro talks about his reporting … Read more