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The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012

George Getschow (Editor)


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This anthology collects the ten winners of the 2012 Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, which is hosted by the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas. The contest honors exemplary narrative work and encourages narrative nonfiction storytelling at newspapers across the United States.

First place winner: Eli Saslow, “Life of a Salesman,” published by the Washington Post, is about a Manassas, Va., swimming pool salesman experiencing the unraveling of his decades-long success story.

Second place: Kelley Benham, “Never Let Go,” published by the Tampa Bay Times, is her personal account of the months following the birth of her premature daughter.
Third place: Anne Hull, “Breaking Free,” published by the Washington Post, traces a teenage girl’s climb out of poverty as she prepares for college.

Runner-ups include: John Branch, “Snowfall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” (New York Times); Dan Barry, “Donna’s Diner: In the Hard Fall of a Favorite Son, a Reminder of a City’s Scar” (New York Times); Rosalind Bentley, “The Nation’s Poet” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution); Mark Johnson, “I Boy” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel); Monica Rhor, “Homelessness” (Houston Chronicle); Louis Hansen, “The Girl Who Took Down the Gang” (Virginian-Pilot); and Martin Kuz, “Soldiers Recount 60-Second Attack That Left Them Reflecting on Life and Death” (Stars and Stripes).

Praise For The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012

"Minor masterpieces of journalism all, The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012 is a very highly recommended addition to community and academic library collections, and would make invaluable reading for both journalism students and working journalists alike."--Midwest Book Review

University of North Texas Press, 9781574415490, 224pp.

Publication Date: June 27, 2014

About the Author

GEORGE GETSCHOW teaches in the University of North Texas’s Mayborn School of Journalism and is the writer-in-residence for the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. He was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal bureau in Chicago and also chief of the Dallas and Houston bureaus. Getschow was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.