Students from Jan Winburn's trauma reporting class at the University of Montana. Winburn is second from the left in the first row, behind her dog, Boomer.

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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

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Lessons in the purpose of poetic language from a presidential inauguration

January 21, 2021

Writing master Roy Peter Clark reflects on the power of words in politics, and how they mirror the times we live in

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America’s first hip-hop inaugural poem ties history to the present, optimism to urgency

January 21, 2021

Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman draws on Hamilton, MLK, scripture and slavery to capture and prod America in the moment

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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