Jean McConville had just taken a bath when the intruders knocked on the door.

The rasp of knuckles at a West Belfast flat would jar many people at night in 1972. That sound for so many – fathers, young men, teens, a mother of 10 – marked the moment when lives were upended, families plunged into fear.

The mystery of a mother’s fate, told in spare, vivid detail, is just one of several lives stitched together in Patrick Radden Keefe’s arresting story, “Where the Bodies Are Buried.” In 15,700 words, he steeps readers in the daily terrors and psychological destruction wrought by decades of guerilla warfare in Northern Ireland. Readers understand by the story’s end that the grinding violence of the Troubles is not a historical conflict, but one that still fumes, indeed sometimes bursts to life, in the brick alleys and warrens today.

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As I set out five years ago to write a biography of one of the most recognizable women on the planet, the first question was why do it. The second was how. Neither answer came… Read more

When Jeanne Marie Laskas set out to write about guns for GQ magazine in 2012, she knew it would be difficult but she didn't expect it would become the story that, as she puts it, "nearly ate… Read more

If there's anywhere that crime pays, it might be at this year's National City and Regional Magazine Awards, where a majority of the winning stories, announced last night at the annual CRMA conference in Dallas,… Read more

It's easy to forget, amid all the cookouts and trips to the beach, that Memorial Day was created to remember the men and women who have died in military service. In honor of the holiday,… Read more

If you're read the most recent Storyboard feature for the Nieman Reports magazine -- and, if you haven't, here it is -- you may know that narrative is increasingly taking to the stage and streets as journalism goes live… Read more

From Nieman Reports

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

Narrative News

A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner Diana Marcum

April 30, 2015

The Los Angeles Times reporter talks about her stories on the California drought, Steinbeck and closing her eyes to make sure she wasn't dreaming.

The Pulitzer Prizes are revealed in one fell swoop, winners and finalists alike, 21 separate categories that cover everything from music to history to local news reporting. And many of the winning stories consist of… Read more

If you heard a story last week on NPR’s “Here and Now” about a new kind of nuclear reactor or perhaps remember a recent piece on PRI’s “The World” about the death of the word “uh,” you’ve encountered the… Read more

Want some smart, provocative, moving stories for your weekend inspiration? Here are Storyboard's picks of some notable recent work, ranging from poetry about race to essays on journalistic misdeeds and a tale about a forgotten… Read more

Editor's note: In his second and final installment from last weekend's "Power of Narrative" conference at Boston University, current Nieman Fellow Gabe Bullard explores strategies for storytelling as outlined by author Joshua Wolf Shenk during his session… Read more

Editor's Note: Last weekend, Boston University hosted its annual conference on narrative journalism. In the first of two dispatches from the conference, Nieman Fellow Gabe Bullard writes about a panel discussion featuring "Serial's" Sarah Koenig, among other… Read more