From the Editor

#3 rule of pitching: Flyspeck your copy

November 20, 2020

In story pitches, first impressions count

From the Editor

Writing history as we live it

November 10, 2020

Daily coverage of political chaos in the U.S. is telling the deep narrative of our times as they happen

From the Editor

Story roots and consequences

October 20, 2020

Putting an issue in context means reporting its origins and exploring its implications

From the Editor

#2 rule of pitching: Respect submission protocols

October 9, 2020

Following form doesn't have to limit creativity, and shows you are a professional

From the Editor

#1 rule of pitching: Study the publication

September 25, 2020

Researching the basics of the site you're pitching to — story length, purpose and tone — reveals respect for the work of reporting

From the Editor

7 Fatal Flaws of Story Pitches

September 3, 2020

How to identify common mistakes that get in the way of landing that big idea

From the Editor

The power of a pronoun

August 25, 2020

A few thoughts on advances in women's rights as seen through language

From the Editor

If no one reads the news, did it happen?

July 22, 2020

A reflection on the wall of indifference — and the touchstones of hope

From the Editor

How to become a “five-tool” storyteller

July 14, 2020

Journalism requires multiple skills or tools, which means it requires a team

From the Editor

Four questions mine for bottomless wisdom

July 10, 2020

Writing coach Chip Scanlan brings back "Chip on Your Shoulder," which features formatted interviews that yield a surprising range of answers

From the Editor

The challenge of writing a life in two lines

June 10, 2020

How contemplating the essence of your own brief obituary can teach you how to report and write about others

From the Editor

A confluence of hard news that demands uncomfortable considerations

June 9, 2020

Essays following the death of George Floyd challenge journalists to confront racial blindness in society, in their newsrooms and in themselves