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How a top explanatory reporter does emotional interviews: With empathy

September 29, 2021

Pulitzer Prize winner Ed Yong of The Atlantic takes the same open approach with COVID scientists and frontline nurses

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Tracking shards of grief for 20 years, and daring to love your story subjects

September 10, 2021

Jennifer Senior of The Atlantic goes on a quest to find what a friend lost to 9/11 left behind, and delivers a meditation on love and grief

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How the loss of one Olympic story led to gold on another

August 27, 2021

Wall Street Journal sports reporter Ben Cohen found a surprising profile of an unlikely Olympian in previous notes, then used Zoom to bring it to life

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Foreign reporting: Peter Hessler on seeing China through a personal lens

July 28, 2021

The author, New Yorker writer and China veteran talks about the benefits of ‘longitudinal research’ and the imperative of international reporting

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How the voices of five young women from remote, coastal Maine challenge stereotypes

June 16, 2021

A former educational policy advisor turned questions about raising her daughter outside the city into a surprising portrait of rural America

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Empathy as the prime directive in writing about displaced people

June 11, 2021

Award-winning author Jessica Goudeau says journalists must expand their toolbox to write about the growing issues of displacement

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What it takes to cover a foreign country as a woman and during a pandemic

March 10, 2021

Indonesia correspondent Anne Barker of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. delivers a mix of breaking news and more personal stories

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What narrative master Eli Saslow learned about intimacy interviewing by phone

February 24, 2021

The Washington Post's year-long "Voices from the Pandemic" series took hours of pre-reporting, patient listening and letting go of writerly control

Story Craft

When writing news requires a distance from neutrality to “tell it like it is”

January 14, 2021

Writing guru Roy Peter Clark analyzes an "astonishing lead," and unpacks the notions of objectivity and detachment in light of current events

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How a top LinkedIn journalist quit with no what’s-next ideas, then woke up to a big one

December 9, 2020

The Pivot: Novice podcaster Isabelle Roughol on the love of journalism that "lets you enter infinite worlds"

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The keys to global journalism: curiosity, open-mindedness and a broad network

December 8, 2020

BBC news presenter Jackie Leonard talks about what it takes to create an engaging podcast out of global news

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How an editor guided coverage of racism in the life and death of George Floyd

December 2, 2020

Steven Ginsberg, national editor at The Washington Post, grounded a sensitive project with this question: "Are we qualified to do this story?"