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Tag Archives: Wired

Storytelling for the win: This year’s ASME finalists

This year’s National Magazine Award nominations in the features, multimedia, reporting and essay/criticism categories cover conflict, immigration, violence, grief, the abortion wars and more, from a host of talented journalists representing a range of publications. The American Society of Magazine Editors will announce the winners on May 1, in New York. Read the full list [...]

Top 10 Top 10 Lists — storytelling edition

Because why not a list of lists? Ten* worth the storyteller’s time: 1) “130 years of must-read stories for digital journalists: five lessons from 1851-1981,” by Abraham Hyatt, editor of the data-driven investigative project Oakland Police Beat. His top three (we agree, so much, with Ben Hecht’s “The Pig”): 1: You can report on technology [...]

Writing the book: Jason Fagone and ‘Ingenious’

I got the deal to write my first book, Horsemen of the Esophagus, in the spring of 2005. I’d been out of college for four years at that point, writing for two different magazines, in Cincinnati and Philadelphia. I’d never written anything longer than 7,000 words, but writing a book had always been a dream [...]

“Why’s this so good?” — the Hollywood edition

From our “Why’s this so good?” archives, a handful of great reads on Hollywood by Raymond Chandler, Truman Capote, Ian Parker and Dave Gardetta, deconstructed for craft and significance by critic Maud Newton, The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal, Wired’s Jason Fagone and Vanity Fair’s Benjamin Wallace: “Raymond Chandler sticks it to Hollywood” — critic Maud Newton deconstructs an Atlantic [...]

Skip Hollandsworth on storytelling, listening, Hollywood, respect and the importance of getting out into the world

No bullet-point tips list could compare with Skip Hollandworth’s Sunday sermonizing, which closed the 2013 Mayborn Conference. What follows is the Mayborn‘s video of Hollandsworth (followed by our selected excerpts) talking ultimately about “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” the Texas Monthly story that became the movie Bernie. Here’s how that story opened: Sitting [...]

Three reads and a tip sheet

Pinned and pulled for your weekend reading pleasure, Storyboard’s three favorite reads this week, plus 10 tips on artful interviewing from Pulitzer winner Isabel Wilkerson and others: 1) “Lost in the Long White Cloud,” by Charles Anderson of Fairfax Media, New Zealand. Anderson’s “Snow Fall”-inspired multimedia narrative artfully chronicles a modern-day search for George Hood and John Moncrieff, New Zealand [...]

How’d you find that hijacker story, Brendan Koerner?

Brendan Koerner‘s new book, The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking, dropped last week to critical acclaim. It tells the story of a pair of unlikely hijackers (a “troubled Vietnam vet;” a “mischievous party girl”) against the backdrop of American air travel in the 1960s and ’70s, when [...]

Annotation Tuesday! Amy Wallace and one of “the most despised and feared” men in Hollywood

When Amy Wallace profiled then-Variety editor Peter Bart for Los Angeles magazine, she took on issues of access, personality, misdirection, industry politics, journalism and retaliation. To write about a guy who’s been called “the most hated man in Hollywood” demands guts and patience. To pull it off as she did requires a certain tact and [...]

“How’d you find that secret-compartments story, Brendan Koerner?”

Brendan Koerner’s recent Wired piece about Alfred Anaya, a “genius at installing secret compartments in cars,” was nothing short of delicious as a piece of storytelling and discovery. Sure, someone’s out there fabricating automotive hidey-holes for smuggled drugs and other contraband, but how often do readers get to put a face and a backstory to that [...]