The Beholder’s Eye

The Beholder’s Eye Many great journalists, at one time or another, have made themselves characters in their own stories: people with personalities that shaped what they saw and reported, and were touched and changed by the experiences about which they wrote, innovators who borrowed the storytelling techniques of fiction. The Beholder’s Eye showcases the very best of an increasing journalistic trend toward personal narrative: Mike Sager stalking Marlon Brando in the Tahitian jungle; J. R. Moehringer’s quest to discover the true identity of an old boxer; Bill Plaschke’s story about a woman with cerebral palsy who runs an obscure Los Angeles Dodgers Web site; Scott Anderson’s story of his lifetime of covering war after war; Walt Harrington’s own tale of his interracial family’s struggle to persevere; and many others. Written by reporters who were willing to reveal themselves in order to bring readers insights that were deeper than supposedly objective third-person journalism stories, their articles are an invaluable resource for aspiring journalists, students and teachers of the craft of writing–and any reader with an appreciation for masterful storytelling.

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