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On April 2, Rappler interviews Patricia Evangelista on the craft of storytelling

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On April 2, Rappler interviews Patricia Evangelista on the craft of storytelling
Watch the interview and get to ask Patricia a question by registering as a Rappler user and downloading the Rappler Communities app

MANILA, Philippines – How do you weave years of on-ground reporting on a bloody drug war into a book about the power of language and the the fight for freedom and democracy in the Philippines?

On Tuesday, April 2, at 4 pm, catch an interview with Rappler’s former investigative reporter Patricia Evangelista about what went into the writing of Some People Need Killing, a masterpiece of literary journalism told by one of the most talented writers of a generation.

Named by the New York Times as among the Best Books of 2023 and TIME Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2023, and chosen by former US president Barack Obama as his top 15 books last year, Some People Need Killing is a tour de force in investigative journalism, drawn from Evangelista’s years as a Rappler reporter assigned to cover former president Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs.”

But it is more than an account of a nationwide police operation. In the book, Evangelista tells a personal story, narrating her own coming of age as a journalist as it unfolded against the backdrop of pivotal moments in the Philippines’ history and the challenges it faces as a flawed democracy.

In this virtual interview with Rappler senior producer JC Gotinga, Evangelista will share her thoughts on the craft of storytelling and literary journalism. She’ll share writing tips and advice for writers, journalists, and those aspiring to have their books published.

This interview will be exclusive to Rappler registered users and Rappler Communities app users. To become a Rappler registered user, register here. After registering, you can access the sign-up for the interview in this page. All Rappler Communities app users are automatically Rappler registered users. You should be able to access the sign-up page with your app credentials.

Rappler Communities app users also get to more closely participate in the interview with Patricia. At the time of the interview, join the Justice and Human Rights channel. Simultaneous with the live interview, you can send questions and insights to the channel that will be read out and viewed by Patricia and JC.

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