High-Stakes Storytelling

Reporting is as much about story choice as it is about storytelling. After all, there’s something happening every moment in every corner of the world, and journalists are forced to make decisions about what gets sidelined even in this 24-hour news culture. Are atrocities disregarded in favor of the latest on Lindsay Lohan? Absolutely. But a greater number of meaty topics would be overlooked if it weren’t for reporters such as Soledad O’Brien, the Afro-Cuban/Irish news anchor who created CNN’s In America series. With “Black in America,” “Latino in America,” and “Gay in America,” she has aired in-depth looks at the issues facing diverse communities. How does she go about rummaging through every nook and cranny of American life to find the hidden stories? And what does the world look like from behind the investigative lens? Find out when she reads from her new book, The Next Big Story, at Books & Books.
Sun., Nov. 7, 2 p.m., 2010


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