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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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Really truly listening is harder than ever

I’m fascinated by listening and what goes wrong — and right — in human communication. And over the years, my conviction has grown that listening is if not the secret than one of the secrets to great interviews. I bet … Continue reading

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‘I am the boss of me’ (and other benefits of making your own way in this world)

Ann Friedman is coming to class tomorrow morning. I don’t want to steal all of the happy endings, but she does kinda have a great story about how she turned a (seemingly) bad thing into a good thing in her … Continue reading

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Put off reading this, miss out on free $$$

The J-School has a scholarship to give to some deserving junior or senior who’s headed in the direction of a career in newspapers (and, of course, we don’t just mean print products by that). Read the attached PDF for eligibility … Continue reading

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Science, skepticism and storytelling

Thought you’d find this interesting after watching the first part of “Merchants of Doubt” in class on Tuesday. (The film actually earns a mention in this piece.) What’s our role in the “War on Science”? One thing is obvious: We … Continue reading

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Some reading about writing

We’re going to talk tomorrow about writing tightly and brightly with the online and mobile reader in mind. To that end, I’d like you to read this piece from BBC Academy and also this piece from the same source (ignore the … Continue reading

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Yes, these things still happen in America

More great work from the New York Times magazine and Nathaniel Rich, who is obviously some kind of wunderkind. What I liked about this story: depth, details, description. My first reporting job was in the deep South, and yet Louisiana is something … Continue reading

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