Story Craft

An award-winning food writer explores the legacy of sexual identity in the food world

March 9, 2021

A profile of the late San Francisco chef Elka Gilmore shows the work it took to highlight her pioneering role as both chef and gay female in a male world

Story Craft

Who, How and Why? What we can learn from an interview with the Super Bowl streaker

February 12, 2021

Lane DeGregory of the Tampa Bay Times follows her curiosity to find the scamp who interrupted the Super Bowl

Personal Essays

Jumpstart your writing routine: coffee, journals, sketches and postcards

February 4, 2021

A science freelancer works her way out of COVID malaise with morning writing rituals

From the Editor

Five days and five senses: Free writing as a daily practice

February 2, 2021

Prompts to help you build stronger writing muscles every day

Personal Essays

How 66 days of shell art helped a retired journalist rediscover her writing voice

January 29, 2021

Retired sports editor Cathy Henkel created a daily countdown to the presidential inauguration in shells and stones, and found herself telling stories

Story Craft

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

January 20, 2021

The lack of a simple clips search can tank your idea

Story Craft

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

One Great Moment

“The mountains on the horizon …”

December 29, 2020

Tana French in her novel "The Searcher"

Story Craft

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

Story Craft

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

Story Craft

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

Story Craft

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