Getting Personal With Millions of Readers

From a Times Insider column by Sarah Bahr headlined “Getting Personal With Millions of Readers”:

When Brooks Barnes, a correspondent who covers Hollywood for The New York Times, pitched an essay late last year about what it was like to grow up in a carnival, he half hoped that his editor would say no.

“I’ll be honest, it’s hard,” Mr. Barnes said of first-person writing. “I have to wrestle with it in an emotional way that I don’t have to with most news stories or features.”