Saturday, 9 April 2016
Words Matter Journalism Anthology Out Now!
I'm very happy and proud to have one of my articles from Iraq, "Video Games with a Refugee" included in the University of Missouri press anthology, Words Matter: Writing to Make A Difference. My contribution is about playing with a young Syrian refugee I met in Najaf while writing a series on Iraq. This piece won the 2013 Society of American Travel Writers Award. Here's the blurb for the book:
Newspapers and magazines have been steadily shrinking, and more and more former subscribers have gone to digital and internet sources for the news. Yet it has become increasingly clear that “short takes” don’t satisfy many readers, who still long for nuanced, long form journalism. By providing examples of classic magazine articles by professional writers, all of whom are graduates of the Missouri School of Journalism, this book fulfills the need for more sophisticated, thought-provoking essays that will resonate with both the general reader and students.
The book is divided into three broad categories: profiles, first person journalism, and personal memoirs, and includes the original articles as well as a “postscript” by the writers in which they discuss what they’ve learned about writing, journalism, and the business of getting published. Useful for students and instructors in writing programs, the book also appeals to writers interested in both the art and the craft of successful writing.
By the way, you can still read my piece on the now.defunct but still online travel blog Gadling. The article is here.