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More on nut grafs: A sweet addendum

By Story Craft February 12, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: Storyboard recently revisited the long-standing debate over the ‘nut graf’ — variably called the summary nut, the billboard, the transition, the significance graf, the so-what passage, the foreshadow. Veteran writer and story coach Chip Scanlan weighed in … Read more

Newsroom Ode #6: Sitting pretty at the top

By Short Takes February 11, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the sixth in a series of Monday odes that chronicle the legacy newsroom. Each is written from different first-person perspective. Together they create the mumbled narrative of a special and sadly contracting culture. The author,  … Read more

Newsroom Ode #5: Pity the poor publisher

By Short Takes February 2, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fIfth in a series of Monday odes that chronicle the legacy newsroom. Each is written from different first-person perspective. Together they create the mumbled narrative of a special and sadly contracting culture. The author,  … Read more

A nutcracker suite

By Story Craft February 1, 2019

Editor’s note: This week we tackle the never-ending debate over what is called, in journalese, the “nut graf” — that so-what paragraph or section that pulls out of the news or narrative to provide context and significance. In earlier posts, … Read more