Rolling Stone editor speaks at Knox College: Magazine reporter explains long-form narrative writing

From the Register-Mail:

Janet Reitman talked Thursday about “Writing Against the Pack: A Rolling Stone Reporter’s Secret for Finding the Story Inside the Story.”

“Journalists don’t normally give lectures. I hope I do this right,” Reitman said in Kresge Hall at Knox College.

Reitman, who has worked with Knox College Professor of Journalism Marilyn Webb in the past at Psychology Today and Women’s Day magazines, has reported from Iraq and Haiti and has also written about the Duke Lacrosse scandal as well as an investigative piece about the church of Scientology.

Her specialty and focus in the lecture is long-form narrative writing, specifically for magazines. She is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine.

Reitman spoke about how finding a narrative voice in writing is not something one can do overnight, or at age 20.

“What you should do in your 20s is absorb life, so that when you’re stable, you can process those things with what you’ve learned,” she said.