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    If you want to write a book, John McPhee's advice is indispensable

    Two books sit on my desk. The first was published in 1977, the year I migrated from university teaching to the newsroom. Forty years later, the second arrived via Amazon, confirming an affinity four decades in the making. The first is "The John McPhee Reader," an anthology of a dozen excerpts of New Yorker pieces, most of which would become well-known nonfiction books. The second is "Draft No.

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    Today’s WriteLane podcast: How to deliver a powerful story

    Editor's note: These podcasts are published in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Times, which the Poynter Institute owns.

    Today’s WriteLane podcast is a conversation about how strong reporting is key to powerful stories.

    The weekly podcast features Lane DeGregory, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Tampa Bay Times and a frequent faculty member at Poynter, discussing her stories and answering questions. The focus is on craft.

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    Roy Peter Clark needs your help writing a new book

    If you ever write a book and get someone to publish it, you will be looking for blurbs. The best blurb I ever received came from the jocular Dave Barry, who opined:  “Roy Peter Clark knows more about writing than anyone I know who is not already dead.”

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    That time the NYT produced a multimedia story using shadow puppets and won an Emmy

    This is the story about a team of journalists and animators who worked in three countries to tell a story about a man who lived a secret life. The journalists working on the story would not meet face to face until months after the story was finished.

    By then, their work had won an Emmy, captured honors from the World Press Photo Awards and the Canadian International Documentary Festival, and was a finalist in the Peabody Awards.  

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    WriteLane podcast: Revisiting the 'Girl in the Window' 10 years later

    Today’s WriteLane podcast is a conversation about the Girl in the Window 10 years later.

    The weekly podcast, produced by the Tampa Bay Times, features Lane DeGregory, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Times and a frequent faculty member at Poynter, discussing her stories and answering questions. The focus is on craft.

    THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW 10 YEARS LATER: See where — and how — she is now

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    The case for writing good news (especially in these contentious times)

    During my 36 years in the newspaper business, I often wondered whether journalists are primarily romantics or cynics. Of course, they are probably a little bit of both. But there’s no doubt that a romantic impulse propelled many of my colleagues into the profession: the desire to fix the world, to shine light into dark places, to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

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    Pulitzer Prize-winner DeGregory has new podcast focusing on writing

    The Tampa Bay Times has launched a new weekly podcast called WriteLane. It's also being published here on Poynter, which owns the Times and thought it would be a good offering for its readers as well.

    The podcast features Lane DeGregory, an enterprise reporter at the Times and frequent guest faculty at Poynter, discussing her stories and answering questions. The focus is on craft.

    In the initial podcast, DeGregory talks about her Pulitzer Prize-winning story about a feral child.

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    The best read story of 2017? It's The Atlantic's 'My Family's Slave'

    Chartbeat has released its third annual ranking of the 100 best read digital articles of the year among its clients as measured by total engaged time. The winner by a wide margin was Alex Tizon's Atlantic cover story on the life of a family servant who was, in fact, a slave.

    "My Family's Slave" received nearly 58,000,000 minutes of engaged time, more than triple the next highest piece — an ESPN account of the kidnapping of a football player.

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    What I learned about writing from watching Hallmark Christmas movies

    For more than a year, I served as official caregiver to my wife of 46 years, Karen Clark. Two years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two surgeries followed, along with three months of chemotherapy, and 37 radiation treatments. It has been a life-changing experience, of course, and I am happy to report that all her doctors express great optimism about her prospects.

    As a caregiver, I can testify that four powerful forces combined to help both of us through our struggle:

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