John Hersey as a correspondent for TIME magazine in World War II, photographed in 1944 in an unknown location. He went on to write

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The enduring power of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima”: the first “nonfiction novel”

August 6, 2020

On the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb, Hersey's taut, unflinching story remains a masterpiece of narrative reporting

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How F. Scott Fitzgerald guided the hand and aspirations of a newspaper journalist

June 4, 2020

An editor and writer revisits the lessons she found, as a young reporter, embedded in Fitzgerald's short stories

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The news joins the rituals of mourning

May 28, 2020

A haunting front page and essay in the New York Times is more than a chronicle of the dead in the era of coronavirus

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Four hundred years of harsh history delivered in 8,000 unflinching words

January 17, 2020

Nikole Hannah-Jones anchors "The 1619 Project" in the New York Times with a "reported essay" that weaves historical events and personal experience

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A narrative “troika:” direct testimony, news analysis and biographical journalism

November 5, 2019

How the eye-witness testimony of a public servant advanced and enhanced coverage of the Trump Ukraine story in ways journalism alone couldn't

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Will this date ever fade?

September 11, 2019

Remembering the day, and the stories we wish never had to be written

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Not just a guilty pleasure: “Game of Thrones” holds essential writing lessons

June 5, 2019

Esteemed writing teacher Roy Peter Clark shares the 12 things he learned (or re-learned) about storytelling from the epic HBO series

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About a bear: The story behind the story of “The Loneliest Polar Bear”

April 19, 2019

How The Oregonian tracked the uncertain fate of an abandoned bear cub and created a multimedia phenomenon that informed other projects

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Raw first stories from the Appalachian Trail

February 28, 2019

Earl V. Shaffer's original journals reveal a treasure trove that inspired a book, and generations of hikers — and writers — to come

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A prescient voice speaks for the Earth

February 5, 2019

Seventy years after "A Sand County Almanac," Aldo Leopold's message grows in relevance

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Finding a narrative in “our most urgent national conversation”: the one about guns

October 23, 2018

How three reporters, a national news chain and 21 strangers who met to talk became a 5,000-word tale with character, intimacy, structure and drama

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A conversation with Nathaniel Rich on “Losing Earth,” human inertia and storytelling as “a moral act”

September 21, 2018

In the longest single piece ever published by The New York Times Magazine, the author takes on a crucible decade in the battle against climate change