David Hayes, Best New Magazine Writer Judge and National Magazine Awards Foundation Board Member

“Magazine writers practice “immersion journalism;” we immerse ourselves in our subjects for multiple weeks or months, sometimes longer, to record the depth and breadth of things, trying to the best of our abilities to understand things in all their complexity. This American Life’s Ira Glass has said that when you read a well-told story “you feel inherently as if you are on a train that has a destination.” The engineer on that train is the writer who organizes and synthesizes all those facts and stats and anecdotes and quotes and scenes into a dramatic narrative that takes readers on a voyage of discovery.”

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