The Footprints in the Text

How do we keep an eye on process behind the product of literary journalism? I should start by acknowledging that I came to literary journalism studies per se (hereafter LJS) through something of a side-door:  from American Studies, where I had been most recently writing about police power. And aside from an unabashedly partisan stint…

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Remote Immersion: The Power of Not Going There

*Editor’s note: This article is from our archives. It originally appeared in Literary Journalism vol. 14, no. 2 (2021).  Go there. At least once a semester, I write these words on the white board in my journalism classes. The phrase is meant to get my students away from their screens and out into the world….

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On Teaching Observation

Writing Exactly What You See: Often Students See More Than They Think Just after eleven in the morning one fall semester, pre-social media times, maybe 2005, when I was still teaching the two courses that produced the Ryerson Review of Journalism, a fourth-year undergraduate student, Erin, knocked on my office door. She was upset.  She…

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