The Baltimore Sun

"What's on your syllabus?"

By #longreads September 20, 2012

Every narrative journalist can point to a story or a book, or two, that changed their lives, and that made them want to tell true stories. What story does it for you? Where was your love born? When we asked about … Read more

Mandela's Children

By Notable Narratives May 16, 2007

This series follows three young people in their quest to pass their matriculation exams, tests that in many ways will determine their future. It’s an engrossing read; the stakes are clear and the characters engaging. We did think the first … Read more

The Big Game

By Notable Narratives March 15, 2007

This series was written and reported by Kevin Van Valkenburg and Lem Satterfield. It follows a cast of characters through a football season, focusing on one central game. It explores the ways that football provides opportunities for the best players … Read more

Journeying into Jerusalem

By Notable Narratives January 31, 2007

This lovely, short narrative essay provides small and interesting details about a region we’re more likely to read about in news articles. The piece is also about how death creeped up on one man, in a land of religious stories. Read more

Two Brothers Make a Family

By Notable Narratives January 17, 2007

Usually we want newspaper narratives with highly emotional content to connect with some larger public issue; otherwise they’re so often mawkish, sentimental. But there are also, of course, plenty of pieces so well written that they stand on their own. Read more

On Their Own

By Notable Narratives January 4, 2006

This moving series examines the development of a friendship between high school seniors Iven and Gary, which thrives not despite but because of the financial, legal, academic and family challenges they face. Baltimore Sun reporter Liz Bowie delicately details the mutual loyalty that … Read more

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