Narrative News

Forget the politics of immigration — read about the real lives of immigration

February 2, 2018

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Why's This So Good?

Francisco Cantú and “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border”

February 1, 2018

The memoir of his life with the Border Patrol combines lyricism and pain, highlighting by turns the futility, absurdity and uniqueness of his time there

Why is it so great? Springsteen’s eternal theme of the runaway American dream runs through this song and the entire album it’s on, the Nebraska-esque “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” This song could be the … Read more

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Richard Marosi and “Without a Country”

January 30, 2018

The longtime border reporter for the Los Angeles Times talks about his prize-winning series about deported immigrants: "They're human beings. They're suffering. They have hard lives."

Narrative News

A salute to storytelling in the Middle East: Syria, Saudi Arabia and Shadid

January 26, 2018

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Story Craft

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

Why is it great? This story was part of the late writer’s Iraq coverage that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. It captures Iraqis’ sense of loss in the war, and … Read more

Story Craft

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

Narrative News

The sorrows of Ireland, from Dan Barry, Frank McCourt and Dolores O’Riordan

January 19, 2018

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Story Craft

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

One Great Sentence

‘Tis.

January 17, 2018

Why is it so great? This is not only one of the best one-word sentences in a memoir, it’s also possibly the only one-word chapter in a memoir. And the final chapter, to boot. So … Read more

Why's This So Good?

Why’s This So Good? (The wonderful) Dan Barry and “The Lost Children of Tuam”

January 15, 2018

The New York Times reporter writes, with his trademark humanity, of a terrible secret unearthed at an Irish "mother and baby" home