Story Craft

From the solid foundation of articles to the creative reach of stories

May 9, 2024

A college journalism student and aspiring writer shares what she's learning about the power of both factual and descriptive reporting

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How to turn all that “stuff” into narrative

May 1, 2024

Practical tips from nonfiction author Elizabeth Mehren on how to create compelling nonfiction from mounds of research and interviews

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2024 Power of Narrative: “Be human first” when covering trauma and children

April 25, 2024

From pool drownings to school shootings, John Woodrow Cox shares lessons on reporting violence through the voices of children (and others)

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The why, who and how of interviews

April 19, 2024

A reporter/editor/teacher recommends stepping back to take a crucial first step of thought and planning to ensure effective interviews

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2024 Power of Narrative: How to bring empathy to your reporting

April 18, 2024

Separating empathy from advocacy, and practicing it as a tool of better listening and more complete stories

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2024 Power of Narrative: Double the power of your story with a braided structure

April 3, 2024

In a long feature story, two related or resonant threads can be woven to make a piece that is both complex and clear

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2024 Power of Narrative: Compelling stories delivered on tight deadline

March 29, 2024

How The Wall Street Journal has produced the daily narrative podcast "The Journal." for five years with focused content and a classic story structure

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Triad ledes: The power of three to tell the story of all

March 28, 2024

The "golden mean" of philosophy, nature and art can help writers tell complex stories of issue and policy with intimacy and humanity

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Two journalists talk to the bots — who talk back — about the pros and pitfalls of AI

February 16, 2024

"Once we accept that AI is flawed, we can use it responsibly, even relish in what it has to offer." ~ journalism professor Casey Frechette

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Writing in bursts of freedom

January 25, 2024

A science journalist who typically writes to a structure experimented with free-form bursts she learned from playing with paint and music

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A hockey lover writes a perfect “deke”

January 19, 2024

In a quick personal post, a veteran journalist executes a disciplined fake that keeps readers engaged — and rewards them with a surprise

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Gifts for reporters and writers!

December 13, 2023

Just in time for the holidays — or any day — journalist and author Kim Cross shares her must-have reporting and writing tools