Brendan Meyer chases the story of Thomas Gobbles, an infamous turkey who stalked the streets of Casper, Wyoming. Writing features for the Casper Star Tribune was Meyer's first job out of college. He is now a feature writer for The Dallas Morning News.

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Divining the true source of stories

October 11, 2018

A failed water system in Flint, Michigan, also revealed fissures in reporting: Journalists need to reach beyond officials to the people living a story

Notes on interviewing process Jacqui Banaszynski The panel was promoted as “The Art of the Interview.” And based on the range of advice from four Seattle-based journalists, effective interviewing – arguably every reporter’s primary tool – is as much a mindful art… Read More

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Letter from Sing Sing: Writing from inside

August 9, 2018

A convicted murderer shares what he learned about writing, and what writing taught him about himself and about the power of true stories

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Learning to read: The daily news as information and inspiration

July 27, 2018

How deadline writers use sparkling words, creative context and clear explanation to delight, educate and enlighten

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Learning to see: A landscape of ice, a blind boy’s eyes, a grizzly bear and a wall stain

July 24, 2018

How writers use color to develop metaphor, meaning and emotion

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Learning to see beyond first sight

June 28, 2018

Insights from a writing practice at the water's edge

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Steve Almond and “Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country”

May 3, 2018

In a collection of essays, the writer argues that stories matter, and bad stories lead to bad outcomes

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Five immersive photographers share their experiences on gaining trust

April 19, 2018

How do they gain access to private, and often painful, lives? “Consider what you’re asking of people. Sometimes it just takes time and patience.”

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The New Yorker’s “Lost Giant of American Literature” and the prism of race

April 5, 2018

In both the first novel by William Melvin Kelley and recent article by Kathryn Schulz, the story of blacks is told by whites

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In Sicily, an old oral storytelling tradition tries to renew itself in the 21st century

March 22, 2018

The once-popular puppet shows, which showcase the Italian island's rich heritage, hopes to win new audiences with modern themes

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The evolution of wartime journalists in Syria: from activists to reporters

January 25, 2018

Six years ago, the staff of Enab Baladi bore (angry) witness to the devastation of their communities; today, they cover stories the international media can't

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As Saudi Arabia modernizes, an expat child of its “Little America” creates a time capsule

January 23, 2018

In "Aramco: Above the Oil Fields," photographer Ayesha Malik finds the beautiful in the ordinary of its past -- and present