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At annual narrative conference, storytelling’s power remains as it changes

It begins with “once upon a time.” The stories she tells and wants to tell through “Frontline” all start that way — as stories. There’s journalism embedded inside that phrase, Raney Aronson-Rath told Poynter in a phone interview. And for … Read more

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How two young journalists are highlighting longform journalism written by women

Kaylen Ralph and Joanna Demkiewicz want to help change the under-representation of women in longform journalism.

The two young journalists have created an online and print magazine called The Riveter, which highlights longform pieces and narratives written by women. … Read more

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Longform journalism morphs in print as it finds a new home online

As technology has renewed attention to longform journalism with platforms, apps and sites like Instapaper, Longreads, Byliner, The Atavist, Kindle Singles and The Longform iPad app to name a few, I wondered: Does longform journalism still have … Read more

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New longform science journalism site ‘Matter’ launches today

Matter, a site that publishes longform stories about science and technology, launched today. The site, which will publish one story per month, is open to people who sign up as members. For 99 cents, they’ll get access to monthly stories, along with ebook and audiobook versions of the story.

Members are also invited to online question and answer sessions with the site’s editors and writers to find out more about the reporting that went into each story.

The site launched with a story about Body Integrity Identity Disorder, which affects people who want to remove some part of their bodies -- often a limb or two. Anil Ananthaswamy profiled a man who has the disease and accompanied him when he got his leg amputated in Asia. The 7,700-word story explains a complicated disorder through the eyes of someone who suffers from it.

“This story was put together by great people who worked hard and went the extra mile to do a level of reporting you don't find in too many places," Matter Co-Founder Bobbie Johnson said via email.

But will people be willing to pay for it? (more...)
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How the Internet is giving the quest narrative new relevance for journalism

From Odysseus’ journey home to Mario’s mission to rescue Princess Peach Toadstool, the basic template of the quest narrative has been used again and again to command our attention. Joseph Campbell famously dubbed it the “Monomyth” — the one … Read more

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Jack Hart offers tips for writing better narratives

There is no editor or writing coach in America who has done more to encourage good storytelling than Jack Hart.

After a distinguished career as a journalism professor at the University of Oregon, Jack reverted to the newsroom of … Read more

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New Read it Later data show more people are saving ‘longform videos’

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Apps like Read it Later have made it easier for people to save not just longform articles, but longform videos. New data released this morning show that video saves on Read it Later increased by more than 138 percent from January 2011 to January 2012.

The median length of Read It Later’s top 1,000 saved videos was nearly 30 minutes. Of the top 1,000 videos, 32 percent were more than five minutes long. (more...)
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What do we mean by ‘longform journalism’ & how can we get it ‘to go’?

A Kickstarter project run by two journalists raised $50,000 in just 38 hours last week and has raised a total of $87,297 so far. The goal of the project, called “Matter,” is to “publish a single piece … Read more

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A Pakistani man walks past graffiti, "Osama Bin Town" which people woke up to early Friday May 6, 2011, in Abbottabad, Pakistan, over a wall near the house, where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught and killed by a U.S. military force of SEALs. (Anjum Naveed/AP)

Schmidle defends sourcing in New Yorker’s ‘Getting bin Laden’ story, while narrative editors suggest improvements

In his recent New Yorker piece, “Getting Bin Laden,” Nicholas Schmidle shares a powerful account of what happened the night that Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The details in the story, however, didn’t come … Read more

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New York Times begins weekly showcase of its best long-form journalism

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Starting today, New York Times editors are picking the week's best long-form journalism and packaging them into a "Long Story Shortlist," posted on the Times Magazine's blog. They'll include one pick from the Times' archives, too. (This week's archive pick is a story from last fall about British tabloid hacking.) People who follow the #Longreads hashtag on Twitter can find the picks that way. || Related: How technology is renewing attention to long-form journalism.
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