Storytelling

Storytelling

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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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    For AP reporters, revealing the 'Mosul Eye' was a lesson in journalistic persistence

    It was a media mystery whose unraveling had potentially deadly consequences: Who is "Mosul Eye?"

    For more than three years, Omar Mohammed was essentially a stealth historian in Iraq as he risked death cataloging ISIS horrors online as "Mosul Eye." He went to great lengths to hide his identity as he maintained his true persona as a jobless scholar in his native land. Hundreds of thousands read his dispatches, including journalists covering the region.

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    How the Daily Beast breaks big Trump-Russia stories

    The guilty plea of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn reminds dramatically how the saga of Russian involvement in American politics is as sprawling and at times impenetrable as the Russian Federation itself.  

    Big players such as The New York Times and The Washington Post have led the way, but there's ample superior work from others, including The Daily Beast. There's no monopoly on the topical avenues of opportunity.

    The Daily Beast?

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    Revision: How long should it take?

    I always enjoy my writing workshops at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. This year about 100 members of the public crowded into a small theater to hear me fool around on the piano and toss out a few coins of writing wisdom.

    Why do I play music and sing during a writing workshop? The answer is simple. If you traffic in adverbs and semicolons for a living, you better have an escape hatch.

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    Covering mass shootings and the resurrection of the dead

    I know a lot of journalists and scientists – liberal and conservative – who believe in a personal God, the existence of an afterlife, and the power of prayer. This must be said in the aftermath of more and more mass killings. When a news anchor says to a suffering source, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to you,” it feels fitting and proper. I know atheists who say it too, not as a violation of their epistemology, but as an expression of solidarity with another human being.

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    Ready to practice comics journalism? Ask these questions before you commit

    Pairing illustration with news gathering is not a new idea.

    More than a century ago, the Illustrated London News hired artistic journalists, like its “Special War Artist” Melton Prior, to draw global events. Over the past few years news organizations both national (The New York Times Magazine) and local (WCPO in Cincinnati) have used comics to tell true stories.

 
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