Brendan Meyer chases the story of Thomas Gobbles, an infamous turkey who stalked the streets of Casper, Wyoming. Writing features for the Casper Star Tribune was Meyer's first job out of college. He is now a feature writer for The Dallas Morning News.

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The Pitch: Can’t wait? A Marie Claire editor tries to answer pitches within 48 hours

October 16, 2018

Senior editor Kayla Webley Adler scouts for both hard-hitting and fun stories with women at the center. Helpful hint: pitch a story – not a topic

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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.

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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.

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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

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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."

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Immigration reporting from the inside-out: through the mouths and eyes of babes

August 13, 2018

Dan Barry and a team of New York Times reporters channel the voices of children held in migrant detention camps

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Feeding the world – and feeling despair

June 11, 2018

A former farmer turns to writing to uncover the global crisis of farmer suicides – and plants the seeds of a response

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The Pitch: At the Guardian’s Long Read, no rigid formula or geographic limits

June 5, 2018

The editor's advice: Study what's been published before. Be authoritative, fresh and "arresting." Dare to send a (good) cold pitch

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The Pitch: The story ideas Mother Jones’ managing editor wants to see

April 17, 2018

The magazine is known for its hard-hitting investigations, but Ian Gordon says, “We write so much about bad actors that we're always looking for people to bring some levity to leaven the mix"

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The Pitch: Pacific Standard’s executive editor shares some do’s and don’ts

March 6, 2018

Jennifer Sahn also mounts a defense of the overwhelmed editor, and why you might not hear back right away when you email

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The thing with feathers: Burkhard Bilger and his haute-couture “plumassier”

February 27, 2018

In his profile of a fashion creative who works exclusively with feathers, The New Yorker reporter shows off his own plumage in the beautiful writing

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The Pitch: How to break into The California Sunday Magazine

February 20, 2018

Editor Douglas McGray doles out a million great tips and insights, including the possibly scary, "We really put a lot of weight on the pitch."