Cynthia Gorney in her home writing office, learning to podcast

Annotation Tuesday!

After the fires: A surprising story of a haunted hero and the ashes of regret

September 18, 2018

Lizzie Johnson of The San Francisco Chronicle revisits the headlines to ask about the aftermath. Not all endings are happily-ever-after.

Why's This So Good?

An alligator attack sparks a Facebook attack – and an invitation to reconsider meanness

September 13, 2018

After a woman drowns saving her dog from an alligator, a reporter sits on a nearby bench and poses a challenge to the trolls who would shame her

Annotation Tuesday!

Christopher Solomon on how he captured the controversial wolf man of Washington

September 11, 2018

No huffing or puffing. Just research and notes. Lots and lots of notes.

One Great Sentence

“Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”

September 5, 2018

Poet Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award

Why's This So Good?

Rebecca Solnit’s long and winding road through the tangled tale of politics

September 4, 2018

Shop Class: Matching sentence structure to story tone and purpose

Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch (Take Two): Erika Hayasaki on the reality of landing a big freelance story

August 28, 2018

In the second of a two-parter, the former LA Times reporter scrutinizes the first pitch – and then the revision – that earned her a cover piece in Wired

Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: Erika Hayasaki on how to leave the newsroom and kill it as a freelancer

August 21, 2018

Journalist, professor, author, mother – How does she do it all? With passion, persistence, another paycheck and perspective: "I'm not just one story."

5 Questions

Parachute reporting in a foreign land: Getting it fast and getting it right

August 23, 2018

To cover the Kilauea volcano, Simon Romero had to push past tourist brochures, myths and cliches to discover a more authentic Hawai'i

5 Questions

Q&A: How a letter, honesty and patience won the trust of a shamed school cop

August 16, 2018

Washington Post narrative writer Eli Saslow answers an essential question: "How'd he get that guy to talk to him?"