Nonfiction Filter
  1. Reasons to be Cheerful

    Reasons to be Cheerful is an editorial project dedicated to “stories of hope, rooted in evidence.” A project spearheaded by David Byrne of Talking Heads fame, Reasons to be Cheerful reports stories that “balance a sense of healthy optimism with journalistic rigor, and find cause for hope.”

    Commentary
  2. The Big Issue

    The mission of The Big Issue is to dismantle poverty by creating opportunity, through self-help, social trading and business solutions.

    Journals & Magazines
  3. From Blog to Book to TV Show: The Journey of an Uber Driver

    “Each story was about a real person, where they were at in their lives, and the impact their worlds had on mine.” Writer and Uber driver Ben Phillips shares the wild ride of transforming his blog into a television series.

    Authors
    Image courtesy of Ben Phillips
  4. The marriages and murders of the Harcourt brothers of Oxfordshire 

    “Since this had left him without a wife, he asked to be absolved from the crime of murder, and to be granted dispensation to marry again.” Dr. Hannes Kleineke explores the Harcourt brothers in a blog dedicated to medieval members of the Parliament of England.

    Academia
  5. Bundyville: The Remnant

    Bundyville is a podcast from Longreads, in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Season two explores the world beyond the Bundy family and the armed uprisings they inspired. The series scrutinizes extremist violence that has made headlines in recent years, and how those events share ideas with the anti-government movement.

    Commentary
  6. Shady Characters

    “Here you’ll find un­usual marks of punc­tu­ation, books and book his­tory, and everything in between.” Keith Houston’s Shady Characters is full of smart, thoughtful writing on the secret lives of punctuation marks.

    Books
  7. Truthout

    Truthout is a nonprofit dedicated to independent news and commentary that reveals “systemic injustice while providing a platform for transformative ideas, investigative reporting, and progressive analysis.”

    Commentary
  8. REI Co-op Journal

    REI’s Co-op Journal focuses on life outdoors: inspiring people, issues impacting our community, skills and gear you need for your next trek, and places to explore. You’ll find longform features and stories for those seeking a lifetime of adventure.

    Environment
  9. Saturday Afternoon Thoughts on the Apocalypse

    “It’s been said that no species can fully imagine its own extinction. Our inability to imagine ours may ultimately be the source of our undoing.” Kelly Hayes, the writer at Transformative Spaces, reflects on ecological collapse and the future of humanity and our world.

    Commentary
    Photo by Kelly Hayes
  10. Ajam Media Collective

    Launched by graduate students, Ajam Media Collective is a space for analyzing society and culture across what they refer to as Ajamistan: “from Turkey in the East across Iraq, the Caucasus, and Iran and into Central Asia, Afghanistan, and South Asia.”

    Academia
    Image by Shaheer Zazai via Ajam Media Collective
  11. Canada’s forgotten rainforest

    “These old-growth forests are not renewable. They’re not coming back after you log them.” Dive into this longread at The Narhwal about a rainforest deep in the interior of British Columbia that is being clear-cut as fast as the Amazon.

    Environment
  12. Surfers Against Sewage

    “One marine mammal or sea bird dies every 30 seconds due to plastic pollution.” Surfers Against Sewage is an environmental charity focused on tackling plastic pollution and protecting the U.K.’s coastline.

    Environment
    Photo by Emiliano Arano from Pexels
  13. The GroundTruth Project

    The GroundTruth Project is a nonprofit news organization focused on supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. One of its initiatives, Report for America, places promising reporters into local news outlets around the country.

    Journalism
    Photo by brotiN biswaS from Pexels
  14. RAICES

    RAICES, the largest immigration legal services nonprofit in Texas, focuses on under-served immigrant children, families, and refugees.

    Nonfiction
  15. Type Investigations

    Type Investigations, formerly known as The Investigative Fund, incubates high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. On the site, you’ll read longform journalism published in partnership with media outlets.

    Essay