Strictly Q&A

How a top explanatory reporter does emotional interviews: With empathy

September 29, 2021

Pulitzer Prize winner Ed Yong of The Atlantic takes the same open approach with COVID scientists and frontline nurses

Why's This So Good?

Plain-spoken words about the “7 stages of severe COVID death” go viral

September 28, 2021

A respiratory therapist pours her experience, frustration and grief into a journal entry that becomes a cautionary tale

Narrative News

Jim Sheeler turned the simple obituary into a high and reverent art

September 23, 2021

Sheeler, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, is dead at 53

Story Annotations

The New Yorker explores a dilemma in Ultra-Orthodox divorce: What about the children?

September 21, 2021

Writer Larissa MacFarquhar is drawn to stories that help her sort out issues that have no clear solutions

Story Craft

How listening to foreign languages can enrich your writing

September 17, 2021

An author and essayist listens to stories in in their native tongues to hear new rhythms, phrasing and metaphor

Story Annotations

Reporting through privacy and pain to expose the scandal of Black amputations

September 15, 2021

National Magazine Award winner Lizzie Presser documents the discrimination that leaves Black diabetes patients without easy and affordable care

Story Annotations

An editor annotates her own column from 20 years ago about Sept. 11

September 14, 2021

Now an editor at The Washington Post, Lisa Grace Lednicer critiques an emotional essay she wrote at The Oregonian in the wake of 9/11

Strictly Q&A

Tracking shards of grief for 20 years, and daring to love your story subjects

September 10, 2021

Jennifer Senior of The Atlantic goes on a quest to find what a friend lost to 9/11 left behind, and delivers a meditation on love and grief

Story Craft

A 9/11 survival story: Honoring accuracy and voice in eyewitness accounts

September 9, 2021

Writing scholar Roy Peter Clark reprises a cousin's escape story, and finds lessons for writers who help people recount personal stories

Story Craft

From Sept. 11 to COVID: Using the personal to write the global

September 8, 2021

Memoirs of universal events require a intimate details, personal exploration and respect for facts 

Story Craft

A panoramic approach to a book about the Sept. 11 boat lift

September 7, 2021

Author Jessica DuLong considered pointillism and reader needs to tell the sweeping story of the largest maritime rescue in history

Story Annotations

“The Simulation of Jessica:” Chapter 3 probes the ethics and power of A.I.

September 2, 2021

The final chapter in Jason Fagone's profile of a chatbot romance leaves readers ponding the future role of artificial intelligence in our lives