When it comes to writing about controversial current events, sometimes fiction can go where journalism cannot. A novel by a former journalist examines political corruption and the misdeeds of the powerful. And while it may be a work of fiction, its author says it’s based on real events, people and places.
“I had to change a lot of names, so I had that liberty to flesh things out, to make them larger than life and, of course, to make them dramatic.”
Speaking with people who spend their days in shelters throughout cities can yield powerful, heartbreaking, and sometimes surprising narratives. One Roanoke photojournalist did just that for a project aimed at depicting those going through a difficult time in a different light.
"I was never the type to judge a book by its cover. I was always the book that got judged. Everyone is fighting their own battles."
Sometimes it seems like so many new discoveries are being made, that it’s hard to keep up with all the new knowledge coming at us each day. Well, you have researchers to thank for that. People, who get curious about something, then make a plan to find out more.
History is happening now at the Virginia Historical Society. The organization has just unveiled a new documentary called Virginia Voices, it’s the first state-specific, crowd-sourced film of its kind, and it’s making a debut in Roanoke Saturday, May 2.