In selecting David Finkel for one of its "genius" grants in 2012, the MacArthur Foundation described him as "a journalist whose finely honed methods of immersion reporting and empathy for often-overlooked lives yield stories that transform readers’ understanding of the difficult subjects he depicts." Finkel, the Washington Post's national enterprise editor, followed an infantry battalion deployed to Iraq in his 2009 book,"The Good Soldiers," which was named one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times. A second book in 2013, "Thank You for Your Service," traced the struggles of those soldiers as they returned to their lives at home. He also won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for a series of stories in the Post about American efforts to bring democracy to Yemen. Finkel spoke recently with the current class of Nieman fellows and sat down with Storyboard afterward to continue the conversation. Following are edited excerpts of those discussions:

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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?

First Listen

September 11, 2014

“Strangers” Host/Producer: Lea Thau Through conversations about life and death, love and heartbreak, and everything in between, people share the most intimate stories about their lives. Read more

Welcome to the second session of our discussion with narrative instructors about the stories they’re assigning students this fall. If you missed Monday’s recommendations from Alex Kotlowitz, Doug Foster and Kelley Benham French, you can … Read more

As the academic year gets underway, we decided to ask some top narrative journalism instructors what they’re assigning their students to study this semester and why. There are some tried-and-true favorites, certainly. You might expect … Read more

It’s time for Storyboard’s three weekend picks. Here they are: In honor of Roger Federer’s gritty performance in Thursday’s U.S. Open quarterfinal, it seems fitting to re-read David Foster Wallace’s 2006 essay … Read more

Registration is now open for “The Latest in Longform,” the new, small-scale narrative journalism conference at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Organized by former Nieman narrative maven Constance Hale, … Read more

In between those end-of-summer barbecues and final visits to the beach, make time for some good storytelling this Labor Day holiday. Here are Storyboard’s three weekend picks: Writing for GQ in “The Strange … Read more

How'd you find that story?

“I never intended to write a Starbucks story.”

August 25, 2014

The NYT's Jodi Kantor on the single mother whose story changed corporate policy

Pam Colloff It’s one of the last weekends of the summer and a good time to relax on the front porch with some of the recent noteworthy stories … Read more

Tom Huang Tom Huang, the Sunday and enterprise editor at the Dallas Morning News, offered some good ideas for sharpening storytelling skills during a writing panel at last … Read more

[Editor's note: John Jeremiah Sullivan's "Upon This Rock" is by now a modern classic of literary journalism: writer rents an RV, experiences a Christian rock festival (and certain revelations) with a bunch of … Read more