How Personal Writing Makes Us Better Journalists

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

I wrote a centerpiece for Poynter Online today about journalists who have found that personal writing makes them better reporters — by teaching them to look for greater details in their stories, making them more sensitive to the people they interview and by helping them develop a deeper appreciation for the work they do.

I’ve asked readers in the comment section of my article to share their own personal stories with me. A few reporters have sent me e-mails with links to their stories, which I’ve really enjoyed reading. If you have some stories you’d like to share, feel free to do so in the comments section of this blog post, or in the comments section of my centerpiece. I love hearing different people’s stories and seeing how the written and spoken word connects people …