Posts by Chip Scanlan

About Chip Scanlan

Chip Scanlan is an affiliate faculty member at The Poynter Institute. From 1994-2009, he taught reporting and writing in its real and virtual classrooms and coached journalists worldwide. He spent two decades as an award-winning journalist for the Providence Journal, St. Petersburg Times and the Washington Bureau of Knight Ridder Newspapers. His writing and editing credits include a textbook, anthologies, writing advice columns, serialized novels, and numerous articles, fiction and essays.

5 tools to make 2016 your most productive writing year ever

It’s that time of year to look toward the promise of 12 months to come, to envision shedding of pounds, bulking up muscle, stamping out that last cigarette and, for journalists and other writers, producing work they can be proud of. Well intentioned they may be, most New Year's resolutions fail because it’s easier to stick with old habits rather … Read More

Cage fighter's faked death gives life to rich NYT storytelling

Last month, The New York Times continued its streak of publishing groundbreaking newspaper narratives with “Tomato Can Blues,” a longform account of a small-town Michigan cage fighter who faked his own death. Reporter Mary Pilon crafted a mystery story amid the bloody world of amateur sports with a cast of carefully-etched characters, an eye for telling details and … Read More

Storytelling on Deadline: A Bookbag for Reporters and Editors

    STORYTELLING THE NEWS: A Bookbag for Reporters and Editors Suggested by Chip Scanlan, The Poynter Institute   Books   "Aim for the Heart: A Guide for TV Producers/Reporters," by Al Tompkins. Bonus Books, 2002.   "The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on the Wall Street Journal," by William E. Blundell. New … Read More

Diagramming Palin's Sentences

An author and copy editor studies whether the vice-presidential candidate's sentences stand up to a grammarian Read More