Students from Jan Winburn's trauma reporting class at the University of Montana. Winburn is second from the left in the first row, behind her dog, Boomer.

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An editor’s sensitive guide to interviewing victims of trauma

January 20, 2022

Narrative editor Jan Winburn created a class at the University of Montana focused on "The Worst Day Ever: Writing about Trauma"

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Reconstructing 72 hours of life and death under the “heat dome”

January 11, 2022

A veteran weather reporter from Portland, Oregon, is taken back to summer's swelter by a New Yorker piece that charted the human cost of rising temps

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#7 rule of pitching: Prove your skills and your passion

November 10, 2021

Pitching a story you want to pursue is not the time to hide your light under that proverbial bushel — or to sell what you can't deliver

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Nut grafs: Triptych III ~ Sex, Springsteen and late-night rambles

October 29, 2021

Quick and creative musings on the hunt for a story's center

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Nut grafs: Triptych II ~ Pointed questions, including WHOGAS?

October 28, 2021

More pro tips on teaching, coaching and editing the nut of a story

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Nut grafs: A triptych of teaching approaches

October 27, 2021

Three veteran journalists who now teach at the college level offer short-course ways they guide their students through a lede and nut graf

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Nut grafs: Seven steps to score a winning story structure

October 26, 2021

A sports journalist now teaches college students how to build a story from the basics up and find the hard-to-hit nut

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Nut grafs: Learning from literature, music, movie trailers and “the bones” of stories

October 21, 2021

How Pulitzer-winning writer Tom French coaxes summary nut grafs (or sentences) from students and pros: They talk, he listens

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Nut grafs (or graphs): How five sentences can help a writer focus

October 20, 2021

A freelancer who teaches college journalism leaned on friends, social media, and a simple template to help students find the center of a story

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Nut grafs: Getting to the heart of the story

October 19, 2021

Renowned editor and writing coach Jack Hart urges writers to build stories around a theme statement that establishes meaning and guides structure

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Literary Forensics: How to edit (and self-edit) from the inside out

October 15, 2021

A simple diagnostic tool can help writers and editors identify patterns that tighten and strengthen copy

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How a lifestyle reporter tamed the tiger of Twitter

October 14, 2021

An arts-and-culture writer found herself intimidated by the social media behemoth, and then learned how to make it work for her