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Immersion Reporting: Putting Yourself In—Way In!—the Story

August 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Pandemic University logo: a university-style circular emblem with the words "Pandemic University" arched at the top and "Pop-Up School of Writing" at the bottom. In the middle is an illustration of an open book that reads "STAY HOME 2020" and there is an illustration of a N95 face mask over it.

Immersion reporting is when the journalist doesn’t just observe from the sidelines but inserts themselves right into the subject they’re covering. (Think Ted Conover working as a prison guard in Newjack, Mary Roach having sex in an fMRI machine in Bonk, or Gawker’s Caity Weaver setting sail on Paula Deen’s cruise.) The practice can risk seeming gimmicky, but it can also be a powerful way into a story. Freelance writer (and regular immerser) Eva Holland will dig into how immersion reporting differs from other first-person writing, how it’s been used in both lighthearted and serious contexts, and when and how to safely and thoughtfully deploy the technique.


August 3, 2020
1:00 pm
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