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Singular moments, timeless questions

October 22, 2019

Two-time Pulitzer winner Gene Weingarten finds the beating heart at the center of his new book about one ordinary, extraordinary day

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Ditching “monkey mind” to find joy while writing

October 16, 2019

Shop Class: An author and meditation guide teaches writers how to get through the "bardo," or stuck places, with mindfulness practice

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Stories that unfold — and pain that is measured — from the ground up

October 9, 2019

A native Alaskan returns home to his Tlingit community, which "Didn't Stand a Chance" against the opioid epidemic

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“Life is too short to write something boring.”

September 26, 2019

A conversation with Los Angeles native and magazine journalist Mary Melton, who profiled a famous photographer in 36 exposures, as in a roll of film

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When gun violence visits, a pastor finds faith and a reporter finds those not noticed

September 18, 2019

A veteran of multiple mass shootings, David Montero of the Los Angeles Times rejects easy narratives to explore reality on deadline

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A bag of ashes, a research-loving reporter, the public library, and a three-hour hunt

September 6, 2019

Shop Class: A newspaper reporter accepts a two-word challenge, and finds a veteran's survivors after police give up

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A self-made freelance career (with a little help along the way)

August 29, 2019

Barry Yeoman talks about a life of learning to report, write, listen, and keep up

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Reclaiming history with jars of dirt, and building stories from the ground up

August 23, 2019

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Alabama's memorial to slavery was conceived through the eyes of slavery's descendants

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14 hours from event to post: Delivering narrative with context on deadline

August 6, 2019

Politico Magazine’s Michael Kruse leans on tried-and-true storytelling techniques (and a good editor) to deliver "something else" from a news event

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A hitchhiker’s guide to a galaxy of stories

July 5, 2019

Michael Paterniti meditates on hitting the road as a way to discover the wonders of the world, and the intimacies and risks of human connections

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An investigative journalist tries his hand at a true crime series for middle schoolers

July 2, 2019

Bryan Denson recast decades as a newspaper reporter into a top-selling spy biography, and now a series on the FBI for young readers

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An amputee runs a grueling ultra-marathon in the desert; a reporting team chases along

June 25, 2019

Veteran sports reporter Jere Longman of The New York Times travels the globe to to write about the people and passion behind the games