Amanda Hinnant from the magazine faculty will join us in class tomorrow and talk about sourcing with depth and smarts, drawing on her experience in the magazine world.
She sent this link to me from Esquire magazine and asked me to share it with you. Please read it before class tomorrow.
I had not read this before, though I was aware of the “Falling Man” photograph. Written by Tom Junod, Esquire considers it one of the best pieces of journalism the magazine has ever published.
I found myself holding my breath while I read it, if that tells you anything.
But what I want you to notice is how seamlessly it’s sourced. It’s packed with research and interviews, but the writer is in total command of the material. The writing is great, but without the sourcing, “Falling Man” wouldn’t have half the force (believe me, I searched for another word and they’re all problematic).
This story will tempt us into another ethical discussion of graphic images, but we’re not going to have that conversation tomorrow. It’s about reporting.