We welcomed thousands of new visitors to Storyboard this year along with exciting new contributors and content. Thanks for your continued enthusiasm and support, and for helping to further the storytelling aspect of the Nieman Foundation‘s journalistic mission, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013. To stay in closer touch, join us on Twitter at @niemanstory and Like us on Facebook. We’ll be back on Jan. 8, and to close out 2012 here are our 10 most popular posts of the year. Enjoy!
Assigned reading lists from narrative journalists/professors Jacqui Banaszynski, Mark Bowden, Madeleine Blais, Rob Boynton, Jeff Sharlet and Rebecca Skloot — and why they’re important
Storyboard’s debut Audio Danger column by radio producer Julia Barton, who writes about audio narratives
Sports on Earth writer Tommy Tomlinson unpacks elements of narrative via Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe.”
Ephron died unexpectedly in June but her creativity and wisdom will live forever.
Pulitzer winner Maria Henson tells us what makes “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” a classic.
The narrative legend and Friday Night Lights author in conversation with Nieman Foundation curator Ann Marie Lipinski
MIT’s Tom Levenson talks with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates about his powerful Atlantic cover story on race in America and the challenges of being Barack Obama.
Tim Carmody lists what the New Yorker‘s Gladwell does so well, focusing on “The Ketchup Conundrum.”
Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch author Constance Hale on the marvels and mysteries of writing
The New Yorker writer and author of books including The Lost City of Z talks with Storyboard about the reporting and writing of one of the year’s most memorable narratives, about an American expat fighting in revolutionary Cuba.