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Notable Narratives

A viral image, a question of provenance and a consideration of truth

June 16, 2022

A news photographer helps assess how a "photo illustration" with a point-of-view can convey, rather than undermine, reality

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A writer’s tribute to Roger Angell: For the love of the reading journey

June 3, 2022

"Sports Guy" author and politics blogger Charles P. Pierce with a reflection on legendary sportswriter and baseball fan Roger Angell

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Stories behind bars: The power and pitfalls of “emotional truths”

May 13, 2022

Author Lauren Kessler finds echoes of her work in a prisoner profile by Boston Globe reporter Evan Allen that reveals the journalist's role in the story

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What a modern reading of “The Canterbury Tales” can teach us

April 15, 2022

A journalist's mother tuned her, and then her daughter, into the sound of written language by reading Chaucer aloud in Middle English

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Icy waters, lost treasures, timeless tales and the tricky route to immortality

April 6, 2022

A biographer of Arctic explorers writes about the discovery of Shackleton's Endurance and why adventure narratives hold our attention through time

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The pioneering narrative work of “girl stunt reporters”

February 24, 2022

How Nellie Bly and a sisterhood of crusaders foreshadowed today's narrative nonfiction

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The making of Joan Didion: From fuzzy facts to peerless prose

January 14, 2022

A re-read of Didion's work shows the evolution of excellence that came through years of hard work and self scrutiny

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The bold Joan Didion story you probably never read

January 13, 2022

A charter member of IRE carried lessons from Didion's probe of the 1989 Central Park jogger case throughout his career

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Epic history that inspired epic storytelling

January 4, 2022

A team from The Washington Post re-reported and retold the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol with classic, credible and compelling journalism

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Editing advice from the world’s best story critic: a child

November 16, 2021

A writer's 4-year-old offers a lesson in the essentials of effective narrative

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A radio producer and print reporters partner on a narrative for multiple platforms

June 2, 2021

"The fundamental building blocks of the story will be your scaffolding," says This American Life producer Robyn Semien

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Ernest Hemingway’s true and lasting writing lessons

May 4, 2021

A new documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explores the complexity of the man, and the legacy of his work