Mayborn School of Journalism

Essay: Nonfiction not literary? Here’s a dose of truth

Sun, Jul 12, 2015 - 11:46pm

Ten years ago, I stood in the back of a giant hotel ballroom in Boston craning to hear Tom Wolfe, the guru of a swashbuckling movement called new journalism, issue a dire warning to a gathering of journalists.

“It would be a shame to lose print journalism, which explains why and puts things in context, but it could easily happen,” Wolfe said, because readers were already turning to the Internet for news that was available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Instead of giving readers the literary equivalent of white bread to satisfy their craving for nourishing stories, Wolfe called on his disciples — advocates of a...

The Best Newspaper Narratives Volume 2 – solid choices, leaves you wanting more.

Thu, Jul 9, 2015 - 1:05pm

George Getschow is to storytelling in newspapers what Carli Lloyd is to scoring in soccer:  dogged and indefatigable.  For more than a decade now, Getschow has served as leader of a tribe of journalists and authors devoted to the nonfiction narrative.  Members of the tribe come together each July at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference outside of Dallas for congenial conversations about the craft, to rub elbows and bend elbows with some of the best in the business.

One product of this effort is a book (this year’s is Volume Two) published by...

'Los Angeles Times' Recognizes Black Twitter's Relevance

Thu, Jul 9, 2015 - 1:01pm


And let's learn more about a unique online forum. African-Americans are some of the most active Twitter users, and so-called Black Twitter has become a space for news, activism and challenging conversations about race. This week, the LA Times even hired a reporter to cover Black Twitter. Here's Karen Grigsby Bates from NPR's Code Switch team.

GRIGSBY BATES, BYLINE: You cannot physically find Black Twitter. It's not a place, although its members have a prominent online presence. Look at what's trending on Twitter any day and many of the top trends come from Black Twitter.


The ‘Black Twitter’ beat raises questions of cultural competency and audience engagement for newsrooms

Wed, Jul 8, 2015 - 12:56pm

In her memo to Los Angeles Times staff about new hires and coverage strategies designed to tap into diverse communities, managing editor S. Mitra Kalita included a tweet-worthy phrase about the hire of Dexter Thomas, a writer assigned to cover Black Twitter: it really is “so much more complicated than that.”

It’s a phrase that should give newsroom leaders pause before they reconfigure their social media and audience engagement strategies without considering the historical context and demographic trends...

Sunnyvale student to attend UNT journalism workshop

Fri, Jul 3, 2015 - 12:05pm

Kristen Schabel, an incoming senior at Sunnyvale High School, is one of 15 Texas high school students and recent graduates selected to attend this summer’s multimedia high school journalism summer workshop at the University of North Texas (UNT).