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Writing Local Stories: From City Magazines to National Publications

We all know that Seattle — and the Pacific Northwest in general — is the best place in the world to live. But what makes a story in our little corner of the country worthy of coverage in a big-name publication? And how do you craft these stories differently for local, regional, national, and international outlets?

At our monthly meeting on Oct. 8, NSWA members and guests heard insights from Kirk Johnson, Seattle bureau chief for the New York Times, and freelancers Maria Dolan and Bryn Nelson, who have covered local stories for publications such as Seattle Magazine, High Country News, Smithsonian.com, Slate, Discover, Nature, and BBC Focus. More…


Members report back about projects supported
by NSWA Career Development Awards

Lynne Peeples and Madeline Ostrander, recipients of NSWA’s 2014 Career Development Awards, shared reports about their travels. Peeples attended the 2014 Society of Environmental Journalists’ annual conference. Ostrander attended a four-day summer camp for writers called “The Courage to Live It: A Master Class on the Business of Freelancing.”