Constructing the narrative: An unbelievable story of rape - tipsheet

Number 4845
Subject Storytelling
Source Ken Armstrong
Affiliation The Marshall Project
Year 2016
Summary Want to turn an investigation into a 12,000-word story without a nut graph? Then this is the panel for you. We’ll share lessons from the Pulitzer Prize-winning “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a dual-track narrative that broke with convention while exemplifying the benefits of two writers and two news organizations partnering up. We’ll talk about suspense, voice, shifts in perspective, jumps in time, and layers of reveal. We'll also offer tips on how to report a story in a way that will allow you to tell it cinematically.
Tags narrative; writing; voice; suspense
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