Conservative publisher and media mogul Andrew James Breitbart (1969-2012) was among the men profiled by Steve Oney

Annotation Tuesday!

From a caress of love to a fist of fear

May 7, 2019

The New Yorker story "A Raised Hand," by Rachel Louise Snyder, is the foundation of a new book on the scourge of domestic violence

Story Craft

Foreshadow forward; echo back

May 2, 2019

The art of the "callback" in comedy, film, literature and journalism: When repetition isn't redundancy, but theme and structure

Story Craft

A young journalist is inspired by fickle spring weather (and an old newspaper story)

April 30, 2019

How a 300-word assignment, and a quick read of Ken Fuson's "What a Day!" from 1995, was channeled into a nonfiction prose poem

Narrative News

Going public with the private pain of suicide

April 24, 2019

National Headliner winner: A journalist finally faces the hardest questions about her mother's death in a story that may help others heal

Story Craft

Learning from what seem the unkindest cuts

April 23, 2019

A science journalist comes to terms with what is lost — and not — when favorite passages are edited out of her long-form story

Notable Narratives

About a bear: The story behind the story of “The Loneliest Polar Bear”

April 19, 2019

How The Oregonian tracked the uncertain fate of an abandoned bear cub and created a multi-media phenomenon that informed other projects

Narrative News

The sentences that make the stories

April 18, 2019

Two books honored by the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes; two simple sentences from those books; lessons in journalism inspired by those sentences

Narrative News

Insight from the other side of the notebook

April 16, 2019

In the wake of unspeakable grief, parents from the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings kept lists of journalists they would, and wouldn't, talk to

Why's This So Good?

Avoiding false judgments in journalism about Trump’s evangelical supporters

April 11, 2019

A religion scholar assesses how the Washington Post's Stephanie McCrummen avoids predictable pitfalls in "Judgment Days"

Digital Storytelling

“74 seconds” that led to a man’s death, a cop’s trial and a 22-episode podcast

April 10, 2019

2019 Power of Narrative: How a Minnesota Public Radio team turned a real-time rolling news into a compelling serial drama

Narrative News

“Losing Earth:” Nathaniel Rich’s epic on the failure to confront climate change

April 9, 2019

A new book, a "Fresh Air" interview, and a reprise of a deep-dive conversation