The Story Of An Experiment: From Nowhere to Somewhere

Journalists who have resolved to tell the news through the actions, characters and motives of people have committed themselves to dealing in narrative. Unlike most newspaper "stories," which are not narrative, many TIME stories are, in fact, stories. In 1940, Manfred Gottfried* (then managing editor, now chief of foreign correspondents), who has written as many TIME stories as any man, jotted down some thoughts on how it's done: "The basis of good TIME writing is narrative, and the basis of good narrative is to tell events 1) in the order in which they occur; 2) in the form in which an...

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