Neil Shea

writer | photographer | story consultant


Remembering Michael Herr

July 19, 2016

A few summers ago, quite unexpectedly, Michael Herr called me. Herr wrote the classic Vietnam War book Dispatches, and his work profound influenced my own. In a new essay at The American Scholar I remember our conversation, and his work.

Seoul Digital Forum

May 18, 2016

I’ll be speaking about Instagram journalism this week in South Korea at the Seoul Digital Forum, one of Asia’s largest tech/media conferences. My talk is one of three organized by Harvard’s Nieman Foundation on “the evolution of storytelling,” and we’ll be discussing video, virtual reality, and how to adapt classic storytelling techniques to new platforms.

Middle Passage

April 21, 2016

My latest Instagram-only series, in collaboration with photographer Lynsey Addario and National Geographic, is out now—appearing daily on National Geographic’s feed. The six-part project explores the journey of African refugees and migrants as they cross the Mediterranean Sea, hoping to remake their lives in Europe. Check in each day for a new installment, or find them all on Instagram under the hashtag #middlepassageNG.

Harvard’s Nieman Foundation

April 07, 2016

This Saturday I’ll be at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation, speaking about Instagram writing with a group of college journalists at the Christoper J. Georges Conference. Looking forward to it—and especially to hearing my co-panelist, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, talk about her amazing work...

True Story: experimental non-fiction at VQR

December 07, 2015

Thrilled to see a project finally come to life: This month, the Virginia Quarterly Review launches a non-fiction series on Instagram. Each week a new writer will take over the feed and deliver beautiful stories told briefly. We’ll gather the best of them into essays that will be published in the magazine—and the writer gets paid, too. Been working on this for a while with colleague Jeff Sharlet and editor Paul Reyes. Far as we know, it’s the first ever project of its kind.

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