Category Archive: Telling True Stories

How to survive in journalism field

A movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” will be released on Christmas this year. I already fell in love with the movie just by watching the trailer. The storyline was so interesting… Continue reading

Voice in the newspaper

My Introduction to Journalism class taught me not to have any voice in my story. It wanted crisp clear straight news. As I go on with my journalism major, more and more classes… Continue reading


When I interviewed an Albany Times Union Investigative fellow Alysia Santo for my Media and Ethics final project, the main advice she gave me was that I always need an editor. She emphasized… Continue reading

Code of Ethics in Journalism

I took Media and Ethics course at the University at Albany last year. One of the codes that I walked away with in this class was to keep the boundary between the subject. It was… Continue reading

How to write quality stories

I used to play piano for six years. I started from do-re-mi to Chopin and Bach. I played the piano with eyes. I memorized many pieces and I hit the right notes. I… Continue reading

Process of writing narrative stories

After building a base for a story, which includes picking a subject, theme and mood of the story, the next step would be constructing a structure of the story. If straight news would… Continue reading

How to find subgenre

“Telling True Stories” part III introduces various nonfiction genres including the character profile, travel narrative, memoir, personal essay, commentary, historical writing, investigative reporting and radio documentary. Journalists have the best occupation in the… Continue reading

How to write good stories

“Telling True Stories” Part II discusses how to find, research and report topics. The part features Lane Degregory, Jan Winburn, Ted Conover and Isabel Wilkerson.  I have been a journalism major for my entire… Continue reading

How to tell true stories

After reading four essays written by Jacqui Banaszynski, Gay Talese, David Halberstam and Katherine Boo, I’ve learned how important narrative journalism is. Banaszynski defined story as our prayers, parables, history, music and soul… Continue reading