This year marked some major changes at Storyboard: new website, new editor and new narrative territory. Our most popular posts of 2014 reflect some timely– and timeless– themes. Most notable is the flourishing passion for audio storytelling. No fewer than four of our top 10 posts involve some sort of story, discussion or analysis of radio or podcast narrative. At the same time, readers remain interested in classic print pieces, with our well-established Annotation Tuesday feature drawing attention for its deconstruction of three magazine articles, two of them several (or more) decades old. And there’s no expiration date when  it comes to sound writing advice, as evidenced by the digital resurrection of a pair of past essays by two masters of the craft.

Here are our top 10 posts (mostly, but not slavishly in order) for 2014:

Sarah Koenig

Sarah Koenig

The most-viewed post by many thousands of clicks was our October interview with “Serial” executive producers Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, which isn’t surprising given the runaway success of their “This American Life” spinoff podcast. In its first season, the 12-episode narrative, which concluded today, explored the 1999 … Read More

In previous books, best-selling author Jonathan Eig profiled baseball legend Lou Gehrig and Chicago gangster Al Capone. But as he set about researching his most recent project, he faced an interesting dilemma: what do you do when… Read more

For this weekend's selections, Storyboard recommends reading about writing; we're highlighting some recent articles that feature advice from authors whose worlds range from horror to science to journalism. Read more

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah and I met recently in her Brooklyn apartment to talk about “If He Hollers Let Him Go." Her story, which is and isn't about comedian Dave Chappelle, ran in the October 2013 issue of… Read more

No wonder Jill Lepore describes herself as a "code-switcher." She's both a prize-winning professor of history at Harvard University and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. Her most recent book, "Book of Ages:… Read more

Recommended Reading

Bringing creativity to complex issues: The Washington Post, New Republic and CIR

October 3, 2014

3 (Stories) for 2 (Days): Storyboard's weekend picks

Here's a highly curated list for you. Robert Atwan, the editor of the "Best American Essays" series, has selected for the Publishers Weekly website his top 10 essays since 1950. Atwan is careful to point out… Read more

Editor's Note: Welcome to the newest installment of "Writing the Book," an occasional Storyboard feature in which journalists turned authors discuss the challenges of creating their work. In this essay, freelancer and 2013 Nieman affiliate… Read more

Almost anyone who loves narrative journalism or music or social experiments or who simply believes that children are wiser than adults knows the Gene Weingarten story “Pearls Before Breakfast.” In this Washington Post magazine … Read more

If you’ve read Meghan Daum’s terrific essay in the Sept. 29 New Yorker on her decision to remain childless (one of Storyboard’s most recent weekend picks), you’ll want to take … Read more

Here are Storyboard’s three picks for your reading, viewing and dancing pleasure this weekend: In an essay entitled “Difference Maker: The childless, the parentless, and the Central Sadness,” Meghan Daum writes in the … Read more

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