A tile inset in Central Park in New York honors slain Beatle John Lennon.  Writer Tom French uses Beatles music as one way to teach and coach nut grafs..

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How to turn a theme and 900 words into sense-of-place poetry

October 6, 2021

Kim Cross used smart pre-reporting, creative hustle and a night on a trampoline to find freedom in a reported essay about freedom

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Lane DeGregory: Intimate access to a Florida COVID-19 ward, with conditions

September 30, 2021

The Pulitzer Prize winning reporter spent 18 months asking for access, 12 hours inside, and four days to deliver a take-you-there story

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The New Yorker explores a dilemma in Ultra-Orthodox divorce: What about the children?

September 21, 2021

Writer Larissa MacFarquhar is drawn to stories that help her sort out issues that have no clear solutions

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Reporting through privacy and pain to expose the scandal of Black amputations

September 15, 2021

National Magazine Award winner Lizzie Presser documents the discrimination that leaves Black diabetes patients without easy and affordable care

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An editor annotates her own column from 20 years ago about Sept. 11

September 14, 2021

Now an editor at The Washington Post, Lisa Grace Lednicer critiques an emotional essay she wrote at The Oregonian in the wake of 9/11

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“The Simulation of Jessica:” Chapter 3 probes the ethics and power of A.I.

September 2, 2021

The final chapter in Jason Fagone's profile of a chatbot romance leaves readers ponding the future role of artificial intelligence in our lives

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“The Simulation of Jessica:” Chapter 2 unfurls an intimate chatbot conversation

September 1, 2021

A three-part profile by Jason Fagone of the San Francisco Chronicle reveals the surprising depth of artificial intelligence

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“The Simulation of Jessica:” Jason Fagone follows the creation, life and death of a chatbot romance

August 31, 2021

The San Francisco Chronicle series uses authentic text exchanges to explore a relationship resurrected through artificial intelligence

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Tools from fiction build a sophisticated National Magazine Award feature finalist

August 5, 2021

Tamara Dean relies on self-knowledge to create an honest and vulnerable first-person protagonist, a quest to drive her story, and lots of revision

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A profile of Ahmaud Arbery reveals the dangers of “running while Black”

July 6, 2021

Acclaimed author Mitchell S. Jackson won both Pulitzer and National Magazine awards for his edgy and intimate Runner's World story

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A profile gives voice to a transgender teen who is denied her full identity

June 23, 2021

Samantha Schmidt of The Washington Post follows a girl who struggles to keep her voice and newfound happiness during COVID isolation