Mayborn School of Journalism

Book award list raises a question: Where are the women?

Tue, Oct 14, 2014 - 11:24am

Maybe it was just the way the cards fell this year.

Still, it does stick out.

In some sectors, the National Book Award is better regarded than the Pulitzer.

Panels of five respected judges are assembled for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature. They draw up "long lists" of 10 books (an innovation begun last year). A long list is a nice thing, a way of honoring a group of high achievers. A short list follows, and then the award itself.

The long list in nonfiction for 2014 came out on Sept. 17. The short list comes Wednesday, and the winner Nov. 19. The list has...

McKinney native wins $2,000 in UNT writing competition

Thu, Jul 24, 2014 - 9:51am

Amanda Griffith of McKinney received the second-place award of $2,000 in the Reported Narrative writing competition sponsored by this year’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.

Griffith received her award Saturday during the conference, which is hosted each July by the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at University of North Texas’s Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Jounalism. The conference brings together approximately 300 participants interested in writing narrative nonfiction to learn from renowned journalists and storytellers in different genres.

Her reported narrative, titled “...

Students learn facets of modern journalism

Tue, Jul 22, 2014 - 12:04pm

Work as a multimedia journalist has many facets.

It requires someone who can write a story for print or a broadcast package, shoot and edit video, anchor the news, blog, use social media, take photographs and upload them, among other things.

This week, a dozen high school and college-bound students are getting a taste of what life as a multimedia journalist is all about.

Through Thursday, the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North...

The Mayborn at 10: Looking at the science of storytelling

Mon, Jul 21, 2014 - 12:42pm

GRAPEVINE — In its 10th year, the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference celebrated stories with topics ranging from trash to dodos to neuroscience.

Its 2014 theme: science, technology and innovation. The conference attracted hundreds of guests and dozens of high-profile writers, including headliners David Quammen, Lawrence Wright and Sheri Fink, to speak in Grapevine this weekend.

The annual conference, produced by the University of North Texas, was heavy on nuts-and-bolts advice. At his keynote speech Saturday night, Pulitzer-winner Wright pantomimed knocking over his cabinet of writing components, spilling the...

“Now y’all know that Bernie confessed, don’t you?”: Classic Tale from Texas Monthly

Thu, Jul 17, 2014 - 12:32pm

Skip Hollandsworth, has long been one of the nation's best magazine writers, and this year the Texas Monthly narrative specialist was one of the speakers at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference at the University of North Texas.

He talked a lot about this story, a classic later made into the movie "Bernie."  The story revolves around the murder of a wealthy widow and the man who confessed to the crime....