Most news outlets pay per word published, a concept I’ve always thought absurd, as of course some words cost more to produce than others. Consider, for…
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Covering Hugo Chávez's cancer announcement for New York Times and Reuters
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My mother wasn't convinced by my plan to jump on a plane, perhaps because it wasn’t really a plan. While it seemed to have a higher probability of…
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Alex Saab will today plead not guilty to money laundering charges in a Florida court. This excerpt offers the story behind our investigation into his…
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Around the age of eleven, in the late 1990s, I had taught myself to code. I had no benchmark, curriculum, or people around me doing it, so I just kept…
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A couple of weeks into my time in Mexico, I read in a local newspaper about Ponchis, a teenage assassin who had become the face of the country’s drug…
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February 2011—After flying south over miles of gorgeous turquoise ocean, punctuated by small fishing vessels glinting in the bright sun, we banked left…
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They told me to study it, to do a Master’s degree in journalism. Do that, spend a few years at a local newspaper, then a national one, and then, maybe…
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By the time I determined I’d fly somewhere, anywhere, I had nothing to lose. I’d jump on a plane, rack up some credit card debt, and if it didn’t work…
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On the Venezuela/Colombia border
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We sat on a small metal boat and glided downriver, meandering through foliage and tiny mines. Armed with weighing scales, magnifying glasses and…
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September 2011—I wanted to get inside a prison to see what it was really like. “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its…
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