Strictly Q&A

A science writer with comedic timing profiles an alligator with star power

June 21, 2022

A newcomer to the Los Angeles Times pings off an obscure anniversary to retell the story of an unlikely celebrity

Why's This So Good?

“I’m-not-a-journalist” newspaper columnist writes about community, parenting and letting go

June 17, 2022

In nine taut paragraphs, a community newspaper columnist captures a specific place and the universal reality of parenthood

Notable Narratives

A viral image, a question of provenance and a consideration of truth

June 16, 2022

A news photographer helps assess how a "photo illustration" with a point-of-view can convey, rather than undermine, reality

From the Editor

What to do when words fail you

June 13, 2022

The editor gets a reminder that you can't write what you don't know

Story Annotations

A reporter explores the laws and emotion involved in helping her father die

June 8, 2022

Bloomberg investigative reporter Esmé Deprez researched a range of death-with-dignity issues after becoming her father's end-of-life partner

From the Editor

When gun violence visits: Previous work to guide your stories

June 6, 2022

The it-will-happen-again predictions of mass shootings require journalists to decide if and how they can cover heartbreaking events with empathy

Notable Narratives

A writer’s tribute to Roger Angell: For the love of the reading journey

June 3, 2022

"Sports Guy" author and politics blogger Charles P. Pierce with a reflection on legendary sportswriter and baseball fan Roger Angell

From the Editor

Eternal pain, intractable politics and public detachment

May 31, 2022

Public attention to the slaughter of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, will likely fade within days, according to researchers

Why's This So Good?

A documentary film breaks rules and wins an Oscar

May 27, 2022

A young filmmaker analyzes why Ben Proudfoots short doc, "The Queen of Basketball," makes her cry, and why that makes it a successful film

Story Annotations

Lauren Hough goes on a hunt for Bonnie and Clyde and her Grandpa Chuck

May 25, 2022

A celebrated memoirist returns to her native Texas on a quest to determine if her family stories were true

From the Editor

Packing a punch in a few words

May 16, 2022

Protest signs can tell big stories in short form, while the same words can provoke different reactions

Notable Narratives

Stories behind bars: The power and pitfalls of “emotional truths”

May 13, 2022

Author Lauren Kessler finds echoes of her work in a prisoner profile by Boston Globe reporter Evan Allen that reveals the journalist's role in the story