Stories Can Save Us

America’s Best Narrative Journalists Explain How

Matt Tullis

Epilogue by Justin Heckert

Interviewee Ben Montgomery, Audra D.S Burch, Brin-Jonathan Butler, Pamela Colloff, John Woodrow Cox, Kim Cross, Bronwen Dickey, Mirin Fader, Latria Graham, David Grann, Elon Green, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Eva Holland, Mitchell S. Jackson, Chris Jones, Tom Junod, Abbott Kahler, Michael Kruse, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Rachel Monroe, Vann R. Newkirk II, Bradford Pearson, Andrea Pitzer, Eli Saslow, Leah Sottile, Wright Thompson and Sarah Weinman

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Pages: 272

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in

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Pub Date: 06/01/2024

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6675-3

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Stories Can Save Us

America’s Best Narrative Journalists Explain How

Matt Tullis

Epilogue by Justin Heckert

Interviewee Ben Montgomery, Audra D.S Burch, Brin-Jonathan Butler, Pamela Colloff, John Woodrow Cox, Kim Cross, Bronwen Dickey, Mirin Fader, Latria Graham, David Grann, Elon Green, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Eva Holland, Mitchell S. Jackson, Chris Jones, Tom Junod, Abbott Kahler, Michael Kruse, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Rachel Monroe, Vann R. Newkirk II, Bradford Pearson, Andrea Pitzer, Eli Saslow, Leah Sottile, Wright Thompson and Sarah Weinman

Insightful interviews that share the tips and techniques of great American journalism

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Great journalism relies on a narrative arc to engage and inform the reader. Stories Can Save Us looks at how the best reporters and writers craft narrative literary journalism. Journalist Matt Tullis uses the material he gathered in the more than seventy-five interviews he conducted with the best narrative and literary journalists in the country through his podcast, Gangrey: The Podcast, to show how these professionals conceive and writesuch compelling stories.

Through his podcast, Tullis interviewed Pulitzer Prizewinners, National Magazine Awardwinners, and many authors of books of narrative journalism, including New York Times best-selling authors. He also spoke with reporters of different races and backgrounds, styles and strengths—journalists who have been published in the most prestigious newspapers and magazines—to ask: How do they find story ideas? How do they reach out to potential story subjects? What are their interviewstrategies? How do they conduct other information gathering? How do they come up with their amazing and enticing leads? How do they develop story structure? How does the story change in the revision process? How do they make their stories great and make them into the types of stories that people read and talk about for years?

Through Tullis’s conversations with these top-tier journalists, we are offered a window into their methods and practices as well as the motivations behind great journalism and how it speaks to the cultural climate of its time. Tullis’s goal was to expand the power and potential of what amazing reporting and narrative writing can do, believing that it can literally change a reader’s mood and, possibly, a reader’s life.

Because of this book, I’ve learned things from writers I’ve never read. . . . The best narrative nonfiction transcends subject matter and publishing platform. Sometimes it takes a book like this to remind us of that.

—Jacqueline Marino, author of White Coats: Three Journeys through an American Medical School

About the Author/Editor

MATT TULLIS was an experienced journalist and journalism professor at Fairfield University, and the author of Running With Ghosts: A Memoir of Surviving Childhood Cancer. As a freelance writer, Tullis wrote for The Daily Beast, SB Nation Longform, Nieman Storyboard, Cleveland Magazine, and many other publications.