Narrative Journalism

In keeping with our mission of elevating the standards of journalism and offering enrichment for journalists, the Nieman Foundation has developed a program in narrative journalism, the genre that takes the techniques of fiction and applies them to nonfiction.

The narrative form requires deep and sophisticated reporting, an appreciation for storytelling, a departure from the structural conventions of daily news, and an imaginative use of language. The foundation strives to help journalists engage an audience in the news via the compelling structure of story.

Our program currently offers several elements: a seminar in narrative journalism for fellows, a website devoted to exploring nonfiction narrative in every medium, and an anthology of essays about narrative journalism called Telling True Stories.
If you have questions about the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism, please send an e-mail to