Every week, Syracuse University professor Aileen Gallagher helps Longreads highlight the best of college journalism. Here’s this week’s pick:

Everett Cook, a rising senior at the University of Michigan, profiled former Wolverine and now NBA player Trey Burke last March. There are plenty of stories about athletic phenoms, but elite athletes are not the most innovative fodder. Cook used sophisticated storytelling techniques to reveal his subject. First, he told Burke’s story through his relationship with his father. And then he framed the profile around the father and his friends watching Trey play Penn State at a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. (The setting is conflict enough.) Such a sophisticated structure is a high-level writing skill.

Raising Trey

Everett Cook | The Michigan Daily | March 18, 2013 | 13 minutes (3,158 words)


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