Louisiana Loses Its Boot

Floodwaters and erosion are erasing Louisiana’s physical borders, changing its shape from the boot we know and love to something quite different. Brett Anderson traces the borders of his home state, in order to reflect the truth about a sinking place.

Source: Matter
Published: Sep 8, 2014
Length: 30 minutes (7,603 words)

On Gawker’s Problem with Women

A former Gawker staffer investigates “how a media company founded on whistleblowing and radical transparency failed its female employees.”

Source: Matter
Published: Nov 16, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5,665 words)

Living and Dying on Airbnb

Zak Stone’s father was killed while staying in an Airbnb rental. Here, he examines Airbnb’s history of providing reactive—rather than proactive—solutions to liability issues.

Author: Zak Stone
Source: Matter
Published: Nov 9, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5,571 words)

American Horror Story: The Cecil Hotel

The case of a missing woman goes viral after the Los Angeles Police Department releases a short video of the woman acting strangely in an elevator right before her disappearance.

Author: Josh Dean
Source: Matter
Published: Oct 27, 2015
Length: 36 minutes (9,022 words)

They Found Love, Then They Found Gender

A story of love and transitioning.

Source: Matter
Published: Oct 22, 2015
Length: 19 minutes (4,953 words)

Clementa Pinckney’s Last Day

Reporter Jason Horowitz helped reconstruct the events leading up to and including the shooting at the historic AME Emanuel church in Charleston, South Carolina for Sunday’s New York Times. Because the New York Times‘s coverage focused on the totality of the event, much of what Horowitz learned about Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney—the church’s pastor and a State Senator in Columbia—was not able to make to it into the piece, so Horowitz decided to publish an extended account of Rev. Pinckney’s last day in Matter.

Source: Matter
Published: Jun 21, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1,800 words)

The Shut-In Economy

The “sharing” economy has enabled on-demand everything, but there are drawbacks to a lifestyle where one can have all their needs met with the click of a button.

Source: Matter
Published: Mar 27, 2015
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

Shitphone: A Love Story

John Herrman switches from his iPhone to a much more affordable “shitphone” and discovers how reliable mid-market gadgets can be.

Source: Matter
Published: Mar 9, 2015
Length: 13 minutes (3,492 words)

Queens of the West

Horses, rhinestones, spurs and heartbreak—inside the journey to be Miss Rodeo America.

Source: Matter
Published: Oct 6, 2014
Length: 21 minutes (5,350 words)

What Really Happened to Baby Johan

After a father drops his three-month-old son, a family tragedy becomes a criminal case that raises questions about controversial nature of shaken baby syndrome.

Source: Matter
Published: Feb 2, 2015
Length: 30 minutes (7,565 words)