Our business is ambivalent about anniversary stories. It is fashionable to hate them, to claim that they exist only to fill space, to declare the obvious, to be written out of obligatory motives.
Sometimes the best stories are about the smallest details. We brainwash ourselves into asking big questions about big events and forget that normal life is lived in the drama of quick choices and [...]
Here's a career goal: Write a story so moving that Bruce Springsteen turns it into a song.
Mike Boehm, an entertainment writer in my newspaper's Orange County edition, had a problem a few years back: He had a great yarn to tell, but the yarn was about somebody many readers had never [...]
What happened in the Los Angeles Times' Orange County edition office late one December night has always struck me as both a writer's deepest hope (a smash scoop) and his worst nightmare (an [...]
It's Saturday morning. You're a general-assignment reporter. You work in a a huge, impersonal county where two or three people are murdered every day, and here's another one. Is it worth a brief? [...]
This is the third "How I Wrote the Story" essay on newsthinking.com that breaks down a profile. The first two were written by Jennifer Warren (November 5) and Scott Kraft (November 26). [...]