Why is it great? This week we’re spotlighting stellar literary journalism about America’s gun violence epidemic, and this stunning story by Eli Saslow takes an intimate, often uncomfortably close look at the life of a shooting victim after all the headlines have faded and the country’s attention has moved on to the latest massacre. You could say that Saslow embeds himself in the life of 16-year-old Cheyeanne Fitzgerald. This sentence seems to encapsulate the entire piece: the realization that she has no control over her life, the anger over a life disrupted, the fear that threatens to subsume the life left in the ruins. (Read the Storyboard interview with Saslow about the story here.)

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Narrative News

“The charm and the pain and the humanity” — what great storytelling is all about

June 9, 2017

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5 Questions

5 Questions: Talal Ansari and “Welcome to America: Now Spy on Your Friends”

June 8, 2017

"I think it opened the eyes of people who are so far removed from this kind of world," the BuzzFeed News writer says of his piece about FBI agents pressuring Muslim immigrants to become informants

Why is it great? It’s graduation season, so it seemed like a perfect time to revisit this beautiful commencement speech that the writer George Saunders gave at Syracuse University four years ago. It may … Read more

Story Craft

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

Narrative News

Think it’s a new thing, journalists being called enemies of the people? Read on

June 2, 2017

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Dana Priest and the “terrorism industrial complex” post 9/11

June 1, 2017

The investigative journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner reflects on 30 years at The Washington Post and navigating national security concerns

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Phoebe Zerwick and “The Last Days of Darryl Hunt”

May 30, 2017

The writer talks about how her reporting on a wrongfully convicted man changed his life -- and how she had to write the ending, however unhappy

Narrative News

A darkness runs through it: a journalist gunned down, a small town’s secrets

May 26, 2017

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Notable Narrative: Ben Goldfarb and “The Deliciously Fishy Case Of The ‘Codfather'”

May 25, 2017

The reporter talks about using an eye-catching narrative to tell a policy story for this Mother Jones meets Mario Puzo by way of New England article

Why is it so great? I came across this stunning line (yes, it’s more than one sentence) in a piece in a literary journalism journal about the novelist Colette’s outings as a journalist covering “crime of … Read more

Story Craft

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"