The electric chair at the state prison in Columbia, South Carolina, was put back into service in 2019 when the state gave condemned prisoners the option of the chair or a newly formed fire squad. Executions in the state had been stalled because of a lack of drugs for lethal injections.

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A profile of one family divided by vaccine politics reflects the divide of a nation

November 23, 2021

Peter Jamison of The Washington Post immerses into the emotional chasm of a family struggling with divergent views and a sudden death

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Immersing into the lives of children damaged by gun violence, and laws that don’t stop it

November 5, 2021

John Woodrow Cox of The Washington Post talks to kids like an adult, sits on their bedroom floors, and doesn't push until they're OK with him

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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