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Jeff Pearlman - Anatomy of a story

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by StormSurge, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. StormSurge

    StormSurge Active Member

  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    That was OUTSTANDING...the anatomy as much as the story, the latter of which had a powerhouse ending.

    Thanks for linking, SS.
  3. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Why was he driving? I thought John Rocker was his driver.
  4. gingerbread

    gingerbread Well-Known Member

    Jeff is always a great read.
    I just wish I knew how he managed to live a life away from his laptop.
  5. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    both the blog and the SI story were great reads. Thanks for sharing.
  6. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Wow. What a great story.
  7. bdangelo

    bdangelo Member

    Excellent story, and a great timeline on how he put it together.
  8. ringer

    ringer Member

    The SI story was elegant and told with class, but I would love to have known how he would have done step 9 1/2 (which freelancers always have to do): pitch the story to an editor and get a "yes" before sitting down to write it.

    I suspect he would have had an awfully hard time getting the idea accepted because the essence of it is: Friends/family still mourning other athlete who also died in boat accident.

  9. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Interesting stuff.

    And this thread gives me another opportunity to tout Pearlman's Cowboys book, "Boys Will Be Boys." Just finished it, and it's terrific. Details, pacing, humor -- it's a great example of how to present a ton of info and make it really readable.
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks so much for putting that up, StormSurge. Totally inspiring.

    (but don't click on his blog entry about the future of journalism)
  11. gingerbread

    gingerbread Well-Known Member

    What editor wouldn't want that, especially now?
    The question is, would a freelancer go through all the earlier steps of tracking down participants and doing interviews without the story being accepted? It's not easy calling someone's mother and telling her you'd like to do a story on her dead son, but you're not sure anybody will run the story, but would she mind talking anyway? Being able to say you're from SI gets around some of that.
    Fabulous work by Jeff, all around.
  12. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    Obviously the timeliness of the story is what makes it interesting. Pearlman shows this isn't the first time an accident like this has happened to athletes.
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