I’ll get straight to the point in this intro: here’s what I’ve been reading, thinking about, and working on these days.
What does great storytelling look like? As is probably true for a lot of people reading this, I love longform journalism. You say there’s a new story out by Kathryn Schulz? I will happily carve out a weekend afternoon to read it. But I also love the ways we find to share ideas and stories in more succinct ways. That’s one of the reasons I like following Brilliant Ads on Twitter. There are always a few gems that help me think differently about my work.
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UMagazineology is baaaaack! Writing about alumni magazines can be a pretty lonely business, so I was sad when Dale Keiger put UMagazineology on hiatus last year. But he’s been back at it with posts on Brian Doyle, the CASE Editors Forum (day 1 and day 2), and a repost of my interview with Sibley winner Renée Olson. Keep an eye on the site — I’m excited to see what else he’s got to say.
Head to the archives. One of the staples of nearly every alumni magazine is the roundup feature: Here are six alumni working in [interesting field]! So how do you make your roundups stand out — or at least make them something more than just a series of short profiles? I share my ideas in this post on reinventing the roundup.
Here’s what I’ve been up to. I wrote a profile on Urvashi Tyagi, highflier at Audible, for the WPI Journal called Cracking Tech’s Toughest Codes (page 36) and I have a piece in Hamline University’s alumni magazine about a new federal grant for English language learners. Really want to go down the rabbit hole? You can see a ton more stuff on my portfolio page.