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“Narrative Sweat & Flow:” Seven writers, one inquiring student

Editor’s note: First, an introduction, by Jacqui Banaszynski, the Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism, and winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing:  Whenever aspiring young journalists ask how to learn to write, I tell them I know of only two ways: by writing, and writing, and writing some more; [...]

Narrative gold: Eli Sanders and his Pulitzer-winning crime saga

“The prosecutor wanted to know about window coverings. He asked: Which windows in the house on South Rose Street, the house where you woke up to him standing over you with a knife that night – which windows had curtains that blocked out the rest of the world and which did not?” So begins Eli Sanders’ story “The [...]

Corinne Reilly on trauma medicine in Afghanistan, after a decade of war

Our latest Editors’ Roundtable looks at Corinne Reilly’s print series “A Chance in Hell.” Part of a multimedia project from The Virginian-Pilot, the series brings readers snapshots from the lives of combat hospital staff in Kandahar. Reilly covers the military for the Pilot and joined the paper in 2009 after four years working at the [...]

September Editors’ Roundtable No. 1: The Virginian-Pilot on saving soldiers in Afghanistan

Our first Roundtable of September examines “A Chance in Hell,” by Corinne Reilly. Visiting a combat hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Reilly shows the endless challenges of trauma medicine just a helicopter flight away from the front lines. The project, which includes photos and video by Ross Taylor, ran last month in The Virginian-Pilot. For full bios [...]

Tom French on zoo stories, narrative nonfiction and the pleasures of playing anthropologist

In 2007, St. Petersburg Times reporter Tom French delivered a nine-part series about Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, which led to the writing of “Zoo Story,” published in July. In his book, French focuses on the lives of a number of mammals, including Enshalla (a tiger), Herman (a chimp) and Lex Salisbury (the director of the zoo). [...]

What we’re watching, from Korean War veterans to skate punk trespassers and a town that lives off prisons

This round of selections shows the diversity of visual storytelling, from drawings to documentary and interactive immersion. Whether it’s kinetic camera work or the power of a single subject, each of these projects offers some aspect worth swiping. Happy viewing! “Cannonball,” a short film from California Is a Place. In the midst of economic turmoil, [...]

Jamestown Mystery: A Grave Story

This is another narative-as-scientific-mystery by Tennant, in which she creates suspense by drawing us into the lives of early settlers, raising a question and proceeding—with strong voice and narrative structure—to answer it. Along the way we are reminded how easy we have in the 21st century developed world. This is an original and unusual newspaper [...]

The Fever

There are two main characters in this series: first, the illness itself, which ravaged Norfolk and Plymouth, Va., in 1855. It killed one out of three people in the communities it reached. Its effects form a summary narrative of the devastation. This narrative functions in part as a sort of sociological study of the impact [...]

Stations of the Cross Lead Priest into Contemplation

In using the Lord’s Prayer and a Christian parable as structural devices, this piece takes on a particular religious perspective more than we’re comfortable with. But it’s got a fine narrative structure, a distinctive authorial presence and a nice sense of narrative arc—all achieved with very few words.