How Personal Writing Makes Us Better Journalists

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 …

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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