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From the Editor

Confessions of a flawed proofreader

February 20, 2024

The editor corrects and apologizes for a fact error, and muses on the challenges of seeing glitches in our own writing

From the Editor

Story treats from cookie jars

February 13, 2024

The editor, inspired by a collection of vintage cookie jars at a country diner, muses on the trove of stories found by revisiting history.

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What and how I learned from Jon Franklin

January 30, 2024

A master and pioneer of narrative nonfiction, Franklin was a demanding teacher and unapologetic force for better writing

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Journalism as a practice of wonder

January 23, 2024

The editor reflects on how a career covering the news valued curiosity and encouraged a life of intellectual exploration

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When journalism is a defense against despair

January 9, 2024

The editor ponders the role journalism plays in delivering hard news while also representing the best hopes of democracy

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The power of flexible focus

January 2, 2024

As a new year begins, the editor reflects on three words that can power our stories — and our aspirations: What happens next?

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The enduring gift of stories

December 25, 2023

A father finds a story that works for his infant daughter — and for the world

EDITOR’S NOTE: As this Christmas weekend settles upon us, I reprise this little essay from two years ago as a Storyboard gift to all the storytellers and story readers/listeners/watchers out there. It was first posted Jan. 7, 2022, which seems like a very long time ago — and yesterday. Read More

From the Editor

Can a paper napkin serve your writing?

December 19, 2023

Small, random surfaces — like napkins, postcards, Post-its and notecards — can provide a non-intimidating space for ideas and drafts

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Tapping star power for public service announcements

December 12, 2023

Wisconsin cops write a Taylor Swift riff to warn football fans about safe and sober winter driving

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Learning from the karma of gratitude

December 5, 2023

The editor is introduced to an artful new word after writing about a "gratitude alphabet"

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A “gratitude alphabet” as writing practice

November 28, 2023

The editor embraces a columnist's invitation to use the alphabet as a meditation on gratitude and a celebration of words