Monthly Archives: April 2017

If the story isn’t part of the solution, it might just be part of the problem

We’ve been reading and talking about C.J. Chivers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning feature, “The Fighter,” and one of the insights you heard was related to his use of first person in the story and the justification of that later, when he plays … Continue reading

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One great sentence (that we should have talked about…)

We missed one. Nieman Storyboard didn’t. What makes it so good?  

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What makes a piece of writing work?

Don’t forget that you’re expected to arrive in class tomorrow with your red pencil sharpened and your thinking cap all lit up to talk about C.J. Chivers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning story, The Fighter. Here are those elements again from Jack Hart’s “A … Continue reading

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What are words worth?

Every time John Schneller starts talking about words and meaning, I get this old song in my head by the Tom Tom Club. But never mind about that. This is a serious subject because we in the news media have … Continue reading

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