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Filling a Notebook With Narrative

Journalist’s Trade March 15, 2002

Select a good topic. Secure good access. Find good narrative runs. Find character hints in action. Find the right scene details. Find emotionality for your subjects, not for you. Do some contextual research. Find or crystallize the point, the destination. Read more

What Happens Next?

By Journalist’s Trade March 15, 2002

Tom French’s talk was an argument for the power of the slowly unfolding story—the wait, the suspense (though I don’t think he ever used the word cliffhanger). For him, the world in general, and the newsroom in particular, are like … Read more

Tips for Editors

Journalist’s Trade March 15, 2002

‘Pick three things and just keep working on them, keep reinforcing them.’ Think of each of your reporter/writers as a one-year investment. Match the assignment to the writer, but stretch it each time. Give them things to work on. But … Read more

A Bunch of Tips for Reporters

Journalist’s Trade March 15, 2002

‘You can break the action at times and give us background.’ Say you’re writing about the Little League team winning the Little League World Series and you’re doing a narrative. That’s a dramatic story, but it’s … Read more