The Bernie and his mittens meme stopped outside the weekly Methow Valley News in the north-central Washington mountains, where he sat in a construction site that is now a brewpub.

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#4 rule of pitching: Know what’s come before

January 20, 2021

The lack of a simple clips search can tank your idea

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When writing news requires a distance from neutrality to “tell it like it is”

January 14, 2021

Writing guru Roy Peter Clark analyzes an "astonishing lead," and unpacks the notions of objectivity and detachment in light of current events

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“The mountains on the horizon …”

December 29, 2020

Tana French in her novel "The Searcher"

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A master of sports journalism tackles a new writing challenge: narrative on Facebook

November 18, 2020

National Sports Media Hall of Famer Dave Kindred's posts about visits to his ailing wife, his late grandson and life during COVID hit a chord with readers

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Challenges of sourcing, safety and reporting for narrative in China

November 11, 2020

Ten-plus years reporting from China has taught Sui-Lee Wee to work around obstacles and lean on the local press for help

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How a reporter tracked good intentions to problematic consequences in family court

October 13, 2020

A Marshall Project/Atlantic investigation into "child-abuse pediatricians" found families misjudged by a system meant to protect children

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How a viral tweet led to a sensitive story on family, race and America

September 30, 2020

A Los Angeles Times reporter used new and old tools (listening!) to gain access and trust

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Writing rituals: Superstition or productivity?

August 12, 2020

A book captures the obsessive habits of great authors — quirks that writing coach Chip Scanlan says help writers focus and summon the Muse

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What crisis reporting can teach about better sports reporting

June 30, 2020

An award-winning sports reporter draws on three tools to find relevant stories in any situation

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The challenge of precision: As descriptors evolve, the press must be clear

June 18, 2020

A resource offers terms and definitions within the world of LGBTQ+

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Building writing muscles — a postcard a day

April 28, 2020

An award-winning sports reporter learns to relax his professional writing by penning personal notes on postcards

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A Writer’s Survival Guide: Tips for defying distraction

April 23, 2020

One moderately productive, relatively-sane freelancer’s approach to writing through a crisis