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Not just SayWhat, but SezWho?

August 12, 2022

A magazine writer and editor argues that it's not enough to fact-check our reporting.— we have to know-check our conclusions

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Yardscaping your way to a story

August 3, 2022

A writer has a flagstone path built at her cabin, and watches the story process in action, one stone (word, paragraph, scene) at a time

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Raise your glasses to four lessons all writers can learn by judging craft beer

July 15, 2022

A newsman applies core journalistic skills as he brews, sips and rates homebrew

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So you want to write a book? The risks and rewards of memoir

July 6, 2022

A learning-teaching journalist shares lessons learned as she revisited the realities of her mother's death and her own eating disorder

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A podcast focused on diversity practices what it preaches

July 1, 2022

"Immigrantly" podcast creator and host works with a team of writers who will challenge her — and she them — as they prepare questions for guests

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2022 Power of Narrative: The matrix of editor, reporter and story

May 5, 2022

How a longtime contributor and a top editor at The New York Times Magazine work together to create award-winning journalism

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2022 Power of Narrative: Expert advice on covering drug addiction

April 28, 2022

Veteran social issues reporters Beth Macy and Martha Bebinger balance clear-eyed reporting with sensitive interviewing

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2022 Power of Narrative: Debbie Cenziper on the reporting-writing partnership

April 26, 2022

The author and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter gave her investigative pieces a human face and supported her writing with fair, factual reporting

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2022 Power of Narrative: Lizzie Johnson on questions that shape deadline narratives

April 21, 2022

As the wildfire reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Johnson looked beyond events to people and place for award-winning work

Editor’s note: This is the first of five posts from the 2022 Power of Narrative conference at Boston University. For other takeaways, read Lizzie Johnson on deadline narrative and Debbie Cenziper on investigative narratives. New York Times reporter Ellen Barry built… Read More

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A key to clear, accessible writing: Familiar analogies to describe the complex

April 8, 2022

Novelist David Guterson uses common comparisons to calculate the likelihood of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest

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So you want to write a book? Part 2: Agents, queries and timelines

February 23, 2022

Newspaperman-turned-author Bryan Denson shares how he organizes his notes and timelines for books