True Stories 2020 online
Right now is the time to learn more about narrative journalism from inspiring journalists. Together with our speakers we have found other forms for the True Stories conference. View all inspiring podcasts, talks and online sessions below.
As soon as possible we will be sharing inspiring stories at an event where we can actually meet each other.
In the meantime, get inspired by our true stories online!
What does narrative journalism contribute to reporting on war and conflict? What narrative techniques can help create gripping science journalism stories? On the 6th, 13th and 20th of October the Narrative Journalism Foundation organizes three livecasts in collaboration with Pakhuis de Zwijger. During this series of Livecasts we’ll talk with the creators of impactful journalistic productions from all over the world. We’ll discuss how they have used narrative techniques successfully, without losing their journalistic integrity.
Stills from For Sama
Making For Sama
TUESDAY OCTOBER 6 2020
Covering conflict in the media can be very challenging. Compassion fatigue towards the media and their reporting on lasting conflicts unfortunately is a reality. People are often tired of the news coming from conflict areas and they have a hard time relating to the numerous victims. Last year the documentary For Sama made a huge impact and attracted a lot of attention and a large audience that got emotionally very affected by seeing the film. In this livecast we will talk with journalist Fréderieke Geerdink and For Sama creators Edward Watts and Waad al-Kateab about narrative techniques in their award winning documentary and their benefit in reporting on war and conflict. Watch it here!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
TUESDAY OCTOBER 13 2020
Most journalists reporting on science can only dream of writing a story like Rebecca Skloots wrote, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She researched the life (and death) of the forgotten patient and her famous cells for ten years. Together with science journalist Job de Vrieze and Skloots we will discuss ways in which reporting on science can turn into a gripping story like this bestseller and the pitfalls of this technical genre. Watch the livecast here!
Making She Said
TUESDAY OCTOBER 20 2020
“People would say that two women had broken the Weinstein story, but it had really been three,” wrote Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey in She Said, the book on their award-winning investigation. In this book the two New York Times reporters reconstruct the compelling investigation on Harvey Weinstein, that helped ignite the #MeToo movement in 2017. The third woman they’re referring to is Rebecca Corbett, their editor at the American newspaper. During this livecast we will discuss the role of the editor in investigating and narrating a major story like She Said. Watch the livecast!
Podcast making - Andy Mills
FRIDAY 15 MAY 2020
How can talking in a “chipmunk voice” help to make a breathtaking, award winning podcast? Andy Mills, audio producer for the New York Times (works for the The Daily), shares strange and wonderful insights, and shameful mistakes, that led to the creation of Caliphate, winner of a Peabody award for best podcast. An exclusive conversation between Dutch podcast maker Jair Stein and Andy Mills. Listen here!
Photo by Philip Montgomery
How to write a journalistic bestseller? - Patrick Radden Keefe
FRIDAY 3 JULY 2020
Patrick Radden Keefe, known from The New Yorker, shares the ins and outs of writing his bestselling non-fiction novel Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. Of the four years he spent on the book, he claims 90 percent went into research and outlining and only 10 percent into the actual writing. So what did that process look like? In a candid conversation with Dutch journalist Inge Oosterhoff, Patrick Radden Keefe talks all about the best way to tell a true story and how to arrange the truth into a compelling narrative that reads like a novel. Listen here!
Photo by Jet van Gaal
Independently creating and producing your photo story - Ilvy Njiokiktjien
FRIDAY 17 JULY 2020
Photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien, member of the international acclaimed collective VII Photos, talks to Evelien Kunst about her long-term project Born Free. During this conversation, Kunst and Njiokiktjien take a closer look at what it takes to independently create a long-term visually driven story and publish on multiple platforms. Listen here!
How to pitch a true story?
Whether you are a journalist writer, photographer or podcast maker, if you want to publish your story, you have to be able to pitch it well. We selected four experts for you who will help you refine your pitch skills. Check out all True Stories masterclasses below!
Photo by Jelmer de Haas
And the main question is... - Marcella van der Kruk (in Dutch)
FRIDAY 29 MAY 2020
What kind of idea for a story can make it into a book? Acquiring editor non-fiction Marcella van der Kruk explains this to you. Working for Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, she regularly speaks with journalists about book ideas and works closely with them for the elaboration. Better than anyone, she knows what is essential when pitching a book idea.
From podcast idea to pitch - Jair Stein (in Dutch)
FRIDAY 5 JUNE 2020
Do you have a good idea for a podcast, but you don’t know how to get it on the radio? As editor at Radio Doc and creator of many narrative podcasts, including Plots and 1 Minuut, Jair Stein is the right person to explain this to you. Check out his pitch tips here!
Photo by Renate Beense
How to pitch a photo story? - Evelien Kunst (in Dutch)
FRIDAY 12 JUNE 2020
Evelien Kunst has been working with photographers and photo editors from home and abroad for more than 20 years, including for World Press Photo and Noor Images. Thanks to her years of experience, she knows better than anyone how to get your photos published and start of collaborations. Check out all her pitch tips here!
About True Stories
True stories last: they sweep you of your feet, lift you up, or open your eyes. Would you like to learn how to tell true stories? The Narrative Journalism Foundation organizes an annual conference on narrative journalism: a day full of lectures, workshops and networking moments by inspiring journalists who tell you all about narrative journalism.
Beyond the bubble
2019 – In these times marked by protests, polarizing politics and prejudice, the power of the narrative is more apparent than ever. Storytelling can bring us together or drive us apart. The stories we tell might have the power to bridge the divide, but how?
In the meantime
Check out inspiring stories from speakers at previous conferences here:
True Stories – Beyond the Bubble – 2019
True Stories – 2018
True Stories – Amplify Your Story – 2017
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Gerard van Westerloo reading
The yearly Gerard van Westerloo lecture pays homage to one of the founding fathers of narrative journalism in the Netherlands by inviting one inspiring journalist.
Every year, a Flemish-Dutch editorial team chooses the top ten narrative journalists: the master storytellers, in Dutch Meestervertellers. In 2017 an all-English version was organized: Anthology.