A curling stone, seen at the Belfast Curling Club in Maine.

Narrative News

The future of journalism: amid all the fretting, having faith in the ability to move people

February 3, 2017

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

Story Craft

Trying to find the dividing line between “travel writing” and “writing about place”

February 2, 2017

Two-time Pulitzer winner Paul Salopek, now on a years-long trek that is "slow journalism" personified, and two others talk about storytelling that happens to involve travel

Narrative News

“I’m here to remind you today that great journalism can also find ordinary, regular people and find the extraordinary in what they do”

February 2, 2017

At Harvard's "The Future of News: Journalism in a Post-Truth Era" event, Chicago Tribune reporter Lolly Bowean says that going small can sometimes forge connections -- and overcome divisions -- that going large cannot

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday! Adrian Chen and “Unfollow”

January 31, 2017

The New Yorker writer talks about his story on the awakening of a daughter of the reviled Westboro Baptist Church, calling it "a culmination of things I was writing about at Gawker — explaining things that seemed really horrible"

Narrative News

Lou: “You’ve got spunk.” (Mary beams.) Lou: “I hate spunk.” But her spunk made Mary Tyler Moore our role model

January 27, 2017

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

5 Questions

5 Questions: Julie Beck and “When Are You Really an Adult?”

January 26, 2017

In her Atlantic piece, the writer captures that moment when you’ve worn a cap and gown but at the same time feel like a little kid playing dress-up

Why is it great? Even without context, this line is tremendous. Playfully riffing off Chekhov’s rule that if you introduce a gun in the first act, it absolutely must go off by the third, Solomon transforms a … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday! Chris Hamby and “The Court That Rules the World”

January 24, 2017

The BuzzFeed News reporter talks about reporting a story that's hiding in plain sight, and not being intimidated by complicated subjects

Narrative News

A time of endings: a presidency, and a tree that held lifetimes of memories

January 20, 2017

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

Why is it great? Yes, we deliberately launched this cool new feature with the first sentence of one of the most famous magazine articles of all time. Go big or go home. Fifty years … Read more

Narrative News

Inaugurations of a different sort: the launch of two new features on Storyboard!

January 18, 2017

We're starting up a weekly newsletter -- consider it a Friday treat to your inbox -- and a v. cool thing we're calling One Great Sentence.