“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”— Mark Twain
In this inaugural issue of Working Draft, we challenge truth.
Our writers explore the landscape of truth, but sometimes the waters are murky. Some
truths are universal — we all know them. Other truths are personal — we hold onto
them. So what does truth mean?
Never again will Working Draft be such a relevant title for our magazine. As communicators, our contributors worked to define what Working Draft’s voice and structure would be for future issues.
Our first theme, Truth, was one word interpreted in over 50 different ways. All good communications and stories begin with at least a kernel of truth — which, given the “fake news” era, is a constant topic of conversation. We wanted to tell stories that spark conversations among our readers about personal truths and absolute truth in the world.
Right now, amidst the global pandemic, people are looking for truth more than ever — on their social media feeds while they’re working from home, in the media they consume to fill their need for human connection, and from their governments, where they look for constant updates on the shifting rules that govern their daily lives.
Although we chose truth as our theme before the world was flipped upside down, we hope this issue of Working Draft will help you navigate these uncertain times.
Thanks for reading,
— 2020 Working Draft contributors and editorial board
Not sure where to get started? Try these stories:
Your Body is an Instrument, by Cassy Musick
Nameless Voices, by Becca Myskiw and Kellen Taniguchi
Expensive Pipes, by Gabby Piche
The Road Here: Chile 1973, by Ryan Job
Scale, by Nicholas De Luca-Taronno
Please Forgive Me… and Be Sure to Like, Favourite, and Subscribe, by Lucas Hrynyk
I was a teenage punk rock legend: a revisionist personal history, by Riley Hastings
943 Stories, by Sarah Vandale
How Building an Editing PC Can Save You Thousands of Dollars, by Eric Antonio
Influencer Fraud: The Shady Side of Influencer Marketing, by Anja Sadovski
Mental Health in the Workplace: How Communications Professionals Get By, by Cady Pavagadhi