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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 multi-media 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

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Can you say … Thanks, and we miss you?

July 13, 2018

On Mister Rogers, Tom Junod and the art of reverence

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Writing through a whiteout: David Grann and “The White Darkness”

March 13, 2018

In his New Yorker piece on an explorer following Shackleton's footsteps in Antarctica, the reporter struggled through his own writing blizzard

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Notable Narrative: Jack Hitt and the birth of live-action TV news in “What Goes Up”

December 12, 2017

For Epic magazine, he writes about a daredevil helicopter pilot for a Phoenix station who "kept breaking the fourth wall of journalism by beating the cops"

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Notable Narrative: The Cincinnati Enquirer’s stunning “Seven Days of Heroin”

September 25, 2017

A writer and editor talk about wrangling 60 staffers and a deluge of copy -- and creating a riveting portrait of the human face of the opioid epidemic

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Notable Narrative: The Marshall Project’s Maurice Chammah and “The Accusation”

September 12, 2017

The reporter talks about his piece, published jointly with Esquire, on a recanted allegation of child sex abuse that had sent a father to prison