Story Craft

A nut graf by any other name might taste sweeter ~ and be more digestible

January 31, 2019

A defense of the summary nut as it is used in variations by Ken Burns, the Beatles and Shakespeare

Story Craft

Nut grafs: Overused, misused — or merely misunderstood?

January 29, 2019

When a summary nut beeps like the back-up horn on a truck or blinds like a searchlight, it can ruin the magic of a narrative

Short Takes

Newsroom Ode #4: Don’t shoot the photographer

January 28, 2019

A dead-tree dinosaur writes from the edge of extinction

5 Questions

From a Kickstarter about avocados to conviction as an American spy

January 22, 2019

How Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian turned 544 days in an Iranian prison into a story about love, journalism and a broken homeland

Annotation Tuesday!

Shining light on a “shadow” special-ed program in the Georgia public schools

January 22, 2019

Rachel Aviv of The New Yorker uses the narrative of one child in one school to reveal the widespread costs of "separate and unequal"

Short Takes

Newsroom Ode #3: The last desk of defense

January 21, 2019

A dead-tree dinosaur writes from the edge of extinction

Story Craft

Finding the brightest stars in a constellation of writing tips

January 18, 2019

Ten twinkling takeaways from a panel with Craig Welch and Brooke Jarvis

Annotation Tuesday!

An annotated project that “breaks the ‘rules’ in all the right ways”

January 15, 2019

How a ProPublica Illinois team used private records and an innovative collaboration with their sources to produce an investigative narrative

Short Takes

Newsroom Ode #2: Making story hay whether the sun shines or not

January 14, 2019

A dead-tree dinosaur writes from the edge of extinction

Story Craft

The Sixth Cactus: When green becomes so much more than green

January 9, 2019

A writer learns to see beyond the obvious to the creative

Story Craft

Five life hacks for beating writer’s block

January 8, 2019

When you're stuck as deadline looms, here are ways to get on with it